Syrian refugees – how to help

September 8, 2015

Syrian refugees – how to help It’s early September 2015 and nothing exceptional has happened. A young Syrian boy, 3 years old and with small shoes on his feet, has been taken away from this world. It’s nothing exceptional because these days, in what Syria has become today, children are taken...

Empty plates in Syrian homes

September 6, 2015

Empty plates in Syrian homes “Oil, tea, sugar, rice. And harr in the jar, from chilis I’ve dried.” Yussra Ibrahim al-Muhammad stands in her small kitchen taking up 1/3 of the tent where she’s lived for over three years now, in a camp settlement just outside Qabb Elias, a town...

On the bike, on a roof

August 6, 2015

On the bike, on a roof A few weeks ago, Karim and I got on our bikes in the morning. We left Beirut with the sun on our right, still casting long shadows on our left. The first 45 minutes or so of getting out of the city and past...

Head elsewhere!

June 16, 2015

Head elsewhere! Nadira, Mohammad and old/new Saida Am sharing another roundup with links to nice stories to read and discover – from Pakistan, the Syrian-Turkish border, the Lebanese coast and journalism universe. At work with Rob Orchard, Delayed Gratification Was listening to an episode of The stack, Monocle’s weekly on...

Head elsewhere!

June 15, 2015

Head elsewhere! Meeting along the rail line The story about Lebanon’s lost railway, told by Sarah Lily Yassine. It was part of our book Beirut Re-Collected, now we’re sharing it online as part of Mashallah News’ Routes series – eight stories taking you along different routes through the Middle East, from...

1 minute from Cape Verde

June 10, 2015
USA

1 minute from Cape Verde When doing the Transom workshop back in 2013, we produced this thing called sonics – super short audio features to be played in between shows, something born from an idea by Jay Allison from the team behind Transom. One of the sonics I did was picked up...

The city and the sea

May 20, 2015

The city and the sea Sometimes you’re reminded how different things look from another perspective. There’s a small piece of land stretching out into the sea right besides Raouche, Beirut’s big landmark rock that looks like it’s been thrown into the water by giant hands. Dalieh – the land...

2.0. and a new toolkit

April 16, 2015

2.0. and a new toolkit It seems this is the week for big launches. At least two of them! Mashallah News, the collaborative Middle Eastern magazine I’ve been part of running since 2010, is finally getting ready to release the 2.0. version of itself – after delays and then...

Chasing the walls of Azemmour

April 9, 2015

Chasing the walls of Azemmour Medina – the word in its most basic sense is Arabic for “city” and simply means a place where humans have settled down. But the term has other meanings too – the city Medina of course, in today’s Saudi Arabia, one of the most important cities...

Aleppo, Alep, Halab, حلب

April 8, 2015

Aleppo, Alep, Halab, حلب Lately, for different reasons, Aleppo has been on my mind. I have been carrying a book around (wrapped in a piece of fabric – it’s a hard cover and has a personal dedication on the first page, and I’ve borrowed it from its owner and...

At the other end

April 3, 2015

At the other end I’m writing this after one of those long, seemingly never-ending, mornings that begins in the early hours with a quick walk around an empty Friday-morning town, then continues with cooking and eating breakfast (this one made up of plates with olives, carrots and coriander, barley...

“I won’t go to Cyprus”

March 1, 2015

“I won’t go to Cyprus” It’s been a while now since we heard chants like “thawra” (revolution) and “ashaaab yurid isqat el nizam” (the people want the regime to go) – what’s happened in Syria and Libya and Egypt and Yemen lately has all but made us forget that...

2014 – month by month, story by story

February 22, 2015

2014 – month by month, story by story Most of 2014, Karim and I worked together from other places than Lebanon. In fact, we only spent about one month at the end of the year in Beirut. If you’re curious to read the stories – from elections in Bangladesh to the...

Winter in Beirut

February 12, 2015

Winter in Beirut Apart from the rain and storms and freezing houses, they are not that bad. Lebanon’s winters. Beirut in the distance, from Dbayeh’s “marina” (pavement 100 m down from the highway). Very much Beirut. Cement, dreaming of greenery. From Gariné’s rooftop. Buildings have close neighbours in Geitawi. “The young guys’...

2014

January 26, 2015

Karim and I put together a review of some of the stories we worked on during last year. It’s only in Swedish (for now), with one or two excerpts in English, but the visuals are there and besides – use humans understand foreign languages more than we might think! Update: the...