LA to the Bei: Declining primary school enrollment... →
ashesrose: On a work visit to Chatila, the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, we were introduced to Ahmoud. It was Ahmoud who explained to us that primary school enrolment rates have dropped drastically in the past few years. His beloved youth and education center used to host two school-day shifts-…
I use City as Lab to uncover grassroots networks in Beirut that invigorate the...– (via ashesrose)
The most relevant exhibit for downtown Beirut that... →
adamphillips19: Last month a World Press Photo exhibit in the Beirut Souks was forced to face censorship because they were exhibiting an Israeli photographer. The photographer, Amit Shaal, was capturing modern streetscapes and buildings with a tiny piece of a photograph from the past. Sometimes he would show a…
BEIRUT or BUST: Measures of Success →
Brilliant! beirumi: Okay. I am slacking on blogging BIG TIME. I have a zillion drafts that need to be completed, but they will be. Someday? Anyway, here is how I’ve been measuring my life in Beirut. Measuring Time sure i have my ical, but nothing shows me how quickly time is passing by here than my amount of…
Zero waste farmers' market in Bhutan
meredithdf: Zero waste is possible, but it requires public education and steadfast dedication. Bhutan is doing it. http://ecoramblings.com/zero-waste-in-bhutan/ Read More
Tawlet begins waste sorting
meredithdf: On June 10, 2011, Tawlet took the first steps towards becoming a zero-waste establishment. Thanks to a close partnership with Cedar Environmental, the restaurant will be able to divert their waste from overflowing landfills, and the waste will instead composted, recycled, or re-purposed. Read More
Sonia à Beyrouth: On World Refugee Day 2011: Put... →
soniainbeirut: http://mondoweiss.net/2011/06/on-world-refugee-day-2011-put-palestinian-refugees-back-on-the-agenda.html “Seven out of every ten Palestinians are persons displaced at some point during the past 63 years as a result of Israel’s ongoing policy of forced population transfer. Of these…
LA to the Bei: Sexual Harassment is Gender-based... →
ashesrose: Today we- all humans regardless of gender, race, class, religion- will stand unified in our web-based initiative to address the issue of sexual harassment as a form of gender-based violence. Beginning in Egypt and spreading to Lebanon, Sudan and all around the world, we will attempt to put a…
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LA to the Bei: A land of parallel systems →
ashesrose: At 9am or 12pm every day at work our lights briefly flicker and our electrical box beeps. This signals a change from the public power grid to our generator. For three hours every day our office relies on a private generator to supply our electricity, leading us to unplug the microwave and water…
Failure to include women in newly formed Lebanese... →
ashesrose: “Needless to say the women’s movement rejects this total alienation of women from the cabinet and in the Lebanese political arena in general. And yet, it comes as no surprise that our sectarian political system continues to place religious quotas as a priority over the representation and issues of any group in Lebanon. From minority groups to even majority groups, we are still unable...
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel... →
ashesrose: Representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era. We appeal to you to pressure your respective states to impose embargoes and sanctions against Israel....
lettersfrombeirut: In Bogota, Colombia nobody thought it would be possible either. ”50 years of trying to do something about it [transportation in the city], but nobody just said: We are going to do it!”
Gender discrimination in the work-place →
ashesrose: During my first week in Beirut, I attended a meeting at Nasawiya (a feminist collective) that dealt with the subject of gender discrimination in the workplace. It turned out that a journalist with the Lebanese Daily Star would be facilitating a discussion alongside a Senior Regional Gender…
Critical Mass Beirut
lettersfrombeirut: While out exploring one night I stumbled upon this flyer… …and despite the fact that I do not yet have a bicycle, I decided to check out the scene. The ride was organized by Critical Mass Beirut, El Mina by Bike, and a few other partners in bicycle advocacy. It seems it was a success, and although the crowd wasn’t huge, the diversity was impressive. Here are some...
Food Pieces: Mushrooms as opensource medicine →
foodpieces: http://www.makeandthink.de/fungutopia/ fungutopia is an installation, a workshop, a prototype and a community-project // As an installation fungutopia shows the different possibilities that mushrooms offer to help to make the world a better place: Mushrooms are open source medicine,…
Guerrilla Salad gets famous in BERLIN!
foodpieces: “2 cool chicks lookin’ to cause a ruckus. Do you know where you’re food comes from? Do you value convenience over quality? Do you feel a loyalty to local farms? Find out by taking the GUERRILLA SALAD CHALLENGE!” Found on http://guerrillasalad.wordpress.com/
An Interview to Visit when Inspiration is Needed →
lettersfrombeirut: Shin-pei Tsay interviewed by the Gothamist.
LA to the Bei: Defiance by Bus →
ashesrose: Since I’ve officially relinquished by automobile when moving to NYC, I’ve adopted a new lifestyle - full of walking and public transportation. Just like in California, this mantra is entirely rejected in Beirut. Here, I was told last night most bluntly- “if you can pay for an easier way, then we…
peas in the middle east: Field visit to see Uma... →
meredithdf: Yesterday’s visit was an absolute blast, and a rewarding lesson in the wonders of small-scale, organic, semi-urban agriculture. The farm is about 30 minutes East of Beirut, in the hills and just below the village of Zur Mikael. Uma Ali’s front yard is a breathtaking little herb and flower garden…
Bite-Sized Symposium - selected works
1. FOOD MAPS Shake Shack - Hirumi 2. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT YAWYE - Oliver Mood Before Feelings After - Brandon 3. KNOW YOUR FARMER Windfall Farms - Hirumi, Meredith, Oliver, Brandon Grand Zombie Plaza - Adam, Ashlee, Maniezeh, 4.FINAL PROJECT Guerilla Salad - Meredith and Hirumi Ask Ahmadinajad + flickr set - Maniezheh Park Slope Sitizens for Change -...