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Phoenician or Arab, Lebanese or Syrian: Who were the early immigrants to America?

“As these immigrants traveled across the Mediterranean and Atlantic to “Amirka” they were required to have an ethnic/national identity if they were to gain entry to the place that they hoped would make them a handsome sum of money and afford them new opportunities.”

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Video: Beirut in the 20s

A 1920s French video shows Beirut under the French Mandate.

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Video: What an 1980 AUB Student had to say about Lebanon

Nadia Tueni meets a student, Haitham Haddad, from the American University of Beirut (AUB) who talks to her about his love for music and his hatred of war.

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Video: Woman Dancing in Beirut (1980)

Beautiful video of a Lebanese woman dancing to the tune of a Oud in 1980

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What do AUB students think of the Civil War?

“As part of their Civil War Memorial Week, A Rupture Of Amnesia, AUB’s Secular Club went around campus to ask students about the civil war.”

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Lebanese Civil War Memorial Week at AUB

“A Rupture Of Amnesia: The Lebanese Civil War Memorial Week is an event organized by AUB’s Secular Club to give you a “chance to see the Civil war, that has long been haunting us, in a new light.””

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What did Palestine look like in 1896?

A film footage of Palestine in 1896 was recently published online thanks to Lobster Films. It shows Palestinians of all faiths – Christians, Jews and Muslims – living side by side, and praying side by side. I transcribed the narration below. 15 years later, the cinema is taking its first steps. Cameramen employed by the […]

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Waiting for the Train Exhibition

37 years have passed since the train stopped. What was once Beirut’s main railway station is now but an abandoned memory located in a charming corner of Mar Mikhael.

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New Information on the Phoenician Site destroyed last Tuesday

We have received new information today relating to the Phoenician site that was destroyed last Tuesday the 26th. Document Number 1: Rock-cut slipways in Beirut by Prof. David Blackman sent to the university of Oxford. Document Number 2: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, par Pr. Dr. Jean-Yves Empereur Document Number 3: Dr. Kaliopi Baika’s […]

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‎Save Beirut Heritage releases April ICOMOS report on the Phoenician site of Minet El-Hosn (Fr/Eng)

This is the Save Beirut Heritage (SBH) Release over the destruction of the Phoenician Shipyard in Mina el-Hosn, Beirut. [Version Originale Francaise] Translated into English by Joey Ayoub and posted here with SBH’s permission. “I answer in the name of Save Beirut Heritage with an excerpt of the report that we have submitted to The […]

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An Open Letter to Gaby Layoun

Dear Minister, I wanted to express my sincerest sadness over your failure to protect our 2,500 year-old monument. It is a sad day for our culture, our history and our nation. I do not want to send you an angry letter for I am completely demoralized by your act. You have succeeded in murdering many […]

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2,500 year-old Phoenician shipyard destroyed today in Beirut.

By Joey Ayoub I am sad to report that a 2,500 year-old Phoenician shipyard was completely destroyed today in Mina el-Hosn, Beirut. The ministry of culture has ignored some sort of understanding between their position – a complete disregard for anything that requires the slightest intellectual effort – and that of ‘Save Beirut Heritage’ and […]

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Lebanon 1966: Geographical Outline

by Joey Ayoub Lebanon, 1966. I found an old Hachette World Guides on The Middle East from 1966. I thought it would be interesting to share some of the descriptions of Lebanon from that time. This post is the first of many to come. The following are all extracted from the book: Part 1. Geographical […]

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A Love of [Lebanese] Trains

The short documentary by Guilhem Bertran and Marc-Antoine Bindler was listed at the “Festival Européen des 4 Ecrans” which took place in Paris from the 18th to the 20th of November 2009 in the category “Un amour de train” (A love of trains). Guilhem Bertrand and Marc-Antoine Bindler are French students in Journalism at l’Institut […]