The Spaces: A London art installation is preserving Beirut’s at-risk buildings

The Spaces: A London art installation is preserving Beirut’s at-risk buildings. “Architect Annabel Karim Kassar has brought a life-size recreation of one of old Beirut’s Ottoman-Venetian homes to the V&A Museum in London. Part of an exhibition entitled The Lebanese House: saving a home, saving a city, the installation pays homage to the many historic homes destroyed or damaged in the 2020 explosion – caused by badly stored ammonium nitrate chemicals in the Lebanese capital’s port.”

University of Notre Dame: Literatures of Annihilation, Exile, and Resistance Launches New Website

University of Notre Dame: Literatures of Annihilation, Exile, and Resistance Launches New Website. “The new website includes an archive of recorded events featuring transnational writers and scholars from Iraq, Iran, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Colombia, Chile and the United States whose work bears witness to truth and history and to the global struggle for freedom.”

Al-Fanar Media: One Year After the Beirut Blast, Technology Keeps Memories Fresh

Al-Fanar Media: One Year After the Beirut Blast, Technology Keeps Memories Fresh. “On August 4, 2020, at 6:08 p.m., time stood still in Beirut as the city’s port erupted in an explosion that killed hundreds of people and injured thousands more. Though it has been a year since the blast happened, to many of Beirut’s residents, it feels like yesterday. Memories of this day remain crystal clear, thanks in part to digital technology. The devastating blast was preceded by a smaller explosion and fire in a warehouse, and people already had their mobile-phone cameras trained on the port when the second, colossal explosion occurred. Thus, they were able to document the blast as it happened, as well as its aftermath.”

The 961: There’s An Open & Free Website Showing Data On All Internal Lebanese Affairs To Increase Transparency

The 961: There’s An Open & Free Website Showing Data On All Internal Lebanese Affairs To Increase Transparency. “The IMPACT online platform has steadily grown to encompass an increasing number of sectors and domains and provided an ever-growing repository of information readily available to the public in Lebanon. IMPACT, which stands for the Inter-Ministerial and Municipal Platform for Assessment, Coordination and Tracking, is a free online database that links the citizens, local government, and central government to a common, comprehensive platform that operates on the national level.” I took a quick look. The database was presented to me in English, though sometimes when I drilled down into a section the data labels were in Arabic.

Covid: The clarinettist who took on Lebanon’s vaccine scandal (BBC)

BBC: Covid: The clarinettist who took on Lebanon’s vaccine scandal. “Eighty-year-old Joseph al-Hajj loves nothing more than playing his clarinet….For the past few months, Joseph has been tucked away in his mountain village of Mtein – a 45-minute drive from the capital, Beirut – shielding himself from the coronavirus pandemic. But when Joseph heard that more than a dozen of Lebanon’s politicians had got the vaccination inside the country’s parliament last month, he was furious.”

The 961: Lebanese University Students Are Now Banned From Complaining On Social Media

The 961: Lebanese University Students Are Now Banned From Complaining On Social Media. “It is safe to say that the 2019-2020 academic year has been a very stressful road for Lebanon’s students, especially for the students of the state-run Lebanese University. All year long, they have shared their frustrations and concerns over unreasonable regulations on social media. Now, the university just released a statement warning against online complaining when it comes to its decisions. Students who wish to register for the academic year of 2020-2021 are asked to pledge to abide by that new rule that oppresses their freedom of expression.”

Ocula: How to Support Artists and Galleries Impacted by the Beirut Explosion

Ocula: How to Support Artists and Galleries Impacted by the Beirut Explosion. “Relief funds have been established to help artists, galleries, and others impacted by the 4 August blast that killed over 200 people and left more than 300,000 homeless in Beirut, Lebanon. Letitia Gallery director Gaia Foudolian was reportedly killed in the blasts, while Marfa Gallery, Galerie Tanit, Opera Gallery, and Sfeir-Semler Gallery were severely damaged. The blast also hit major institutions including the Sursock Museum, Ashkal Alwan, the Arab Image Foundation, and the Beirut Art Centre.”

‘People want a cultural outlet’: Lebanon’s Dalloul Art Foundation launches digital archive amid coronavirus outbreak (The National)

The National: ‘People want a cultural outlet’: Lebanon’s Dalloul Art Foundation launches digital archive amid coronavirus outbreak. “As more countries go into lockdown and governments implore their citizens to remain at home amid the coronavirus pandemic, arts organisations around the world have leapt into action, offering a different kind of outlet to millions. In Lebanon, the Ramzi and Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation is one of them. Its website went live two weeks ago, several months earlier than originally planned, granting free access to thousands of artworks and extensive information about hundreds of artists from the Arab world.”

Voice of America: Amid Virtual News Blackout, Lebanese Protests Default to Social Media

Voice of America: Amid Virtual News Blackout, Lebanese Protests Default to Social Media. ” From Hong Kong to Iraq to Chile, massive street protests have erupted in recent months over frustration with political injustice, widespread unemployment and corruption. But in Lebanon, where most media outlets have strong political leanings, the largest anti-government protests in decades have been unfolding amid a virtual blackout of domestic news-media coverage.”

The Daily Star (Lebanon): UMAM launches online archive

The Daily Star (Lebanon): UMAM launches online archive. “UMAM Documentation and Research launched its long-awaited online archive initiative at Beit Beirut last week. UMAM’s goal is to make its collection available for researchers or anyone interested in the region’s history.” If you want more information about UMAM Documentation and Research, check out this overview from Peace Insight..

Implant files: International journalism body creates database to track faulty medical devices (Scroll .in)

Scroll .in: Implant files: International journalism body creates database to track faulty medical devices. “The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has compiled a global database of medical devices that are either faulty or dangerous. It allows users to explore more than 70,000 recalls, safety alerts and field safety notices of medical devices in 11 countries – Australia, Canada, Finland, India, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Spain, Switzerland and the United States – in its first release.”

Understanding Conflictuality in Lebanon: #DataforChange (Lebanon Support)

Lebanon Support: Understanding Conflictuality in Lebanon: #DataforChange. “The Conflict Analysis Project… within Lebanon Support’s Civil Society Knowledge Centre, aims at understanding contemporary conflict dynamics and actors in Lebanon, in order to better comprehend their root causes and inform interventions and policy-making. As part of this project, in partnership with the UNDP, Lebanon Support has developed new interactive mappings which provide data and information on the various dimensions of conflictuality in Lebanon, including security operations, mobilisations, and policy decisions: This data serves as a tool for civil society actors, policy makers, and researchers, to produce evidence-based analysis on conflictuality in Lebanon, leading to better tailored interventions on conflict transformation and peace-building.”

Trade Arabia: Google brings Lebanon’s rich history and culture to the world

Trade Arabia: Google brings Lebanon’s rich history and culture to the world. “Today, anyone with an internet connection can virtually explore the natural landscape of Lebanon including the pearl of nature Jeita Grotto, Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve, and learn about the country’s history from Baalbek & Temple of Jupiter. The team also captured The National Museum of Beirut which was reopened in 2016. The imagery also includes different universities some of which date back over a hundred years including the American University of Beirut.”