Selected Articles

Thrash metal sirens taking an axe to Middle East’s taboos,” The Sunday Times, February 5, 2022.

Who was Van Leo, the self-proclaimed “Man Ray of Egypt”?” The Economist, January 26, 2022.

“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” still bites, 50 years on,” The Economist, August 14, 2021.

Lebanese artist Bernard Hage on the power of political satire: ‘when you’re laughing you cannot be afraid,'” The National, May 17, 2021.

Lives in limbo: How Rania Matar’s lockdown portraits captured the isolation of a lost year,” The National, February 7, 2021.

Sunil Gupta’s photographs document 50 years of gay liberation,” The Economist, November 5, 2020.

My segment for The Economist’s daily podcast The Intelligence about how a satirical Lebanese card game is using dark humour to mock entrenched corruption, September 7, 2020.

The battle to save Beirut’s beautiful buildings,” BBC Culture, August 21, 2020.

Young British poets are encapsulating the experience of lockdown,” The Economist, July 6, 2020.

The enduring wisdom of ‘Haroun and the Sea of Stories,'” The Economist, June 3, 2020.

My segment for The Economist’s daily podcast The Intelligence about the new pirate radio stations striving to alleviate the loneliness of lockdown, May 1, 2020.

Inside the restoration of Havana’s 20th-century neon signs,” The Economist, January 13, 2020.

The modernist ruins that tell the story of Cuba’s revolution,” The National, December 5, 2019.

A storytelling pilgrimage inspired by the Canterbury Tales,” The Economist, July 25, 2019.

Photos revealing hidden histories of the Middle East,” BBC Culture, June 14, 2019.

Out on the town… in Beirut,” 1843, April/May 2019.

Vintage film posters show the Middle East as imagined by the West,” The Economist, March 7, 2019.

Why this Lebanese photographer is staging imaginary murder scenes,” The National, January 20, 2019.”

The woman who is still waiting for her husband, 33 years on,” The National, August 30, 2018.

Commemorating the missing of Lebanon’s civil war,” The Economist, August 29, 2018.

Gay and women’s rights are remarkably a part of Lebanon’s elections,” The Economist,  May 3, 2018.

Candidacy, conflict and territorial claims: Lebanon’s election posters,” The National, May 3, 2018.

The Partition Museum: Opening up about the pain,” The National, January 11, 2018.

A Lebanese drama joins the fight to ban child marriage,” The Economist,  September 1, 2017.

A museum of memory in Beirut gets off to a troubled start,” The Economist, August 10, 2017.

Have Macbook, Will Travel,” 1843, July 11, 2017.

Autobiographical storytelling is bridging divides in Beirut,” The Economist, June 28, 2017.

Gail Godwin has penned a new type of ghost story,” The Economist, June 10, 2017.

The art born of destruction,” The Economist, June 7, 2017.

Selling the skin off your back,” 1843, May 9, 2017.

Syrian refugee children find a future in freestyle,” Al Jazeera, April 21, 2017.

Writing the end of the world: Charting trends in apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction,” The Economist, April 12, 2017.

Calligraffiti,” 1843, April/May, 2017.

Syrian refugee children process trauma through art,” Al Jazeera, March 4, 2017.

Beirut as it might have been,” 1843, March 1, 2017.

How drama is helping prisoners to change Lebanon’s penal code,” The National, January 17, 2017.

Is interactivity the future of refugee fundraising?” Al Jazeera, December 24, 2016.

Championing culture in Lebanon’s south,” Al Jazeera, August 8, 2016.

The scars of war on Lebanon’s Holiday Inn,” Al Jazeera, December 30, 2015.

Theatre: A cure for Lebanon’s sectarian tensions?,” Al Jazeera, June 24, 2015.

Fifty Shades in Lebanon: A hairy proposition,” The Daily Star, February 13, 2015.

A battle of museums in Downtown Beirut,” The Daily Star, July 22, 2014.

‘Bullet films’ offer Syrian snapshots,” The Daily Star, July 16, 2014.

To read, and not to read, in Lebanon,” The Daily Star, May 9, 2014.

Specters of war thwart efforts to forget,” The Daily Star, May 5, 2014.

Azadeh Akhlaghi finds beauty in Iran’s bloody past,” The Daily Star, April 18, 2014.

Redefining masculinity in the region, one man at a time,” The Daily Star, February 12, 2014.

Preserving fragments of Palestine,” The Daily Star, December 27, 2013.

Solving Lebanon’s child labor crisis,” The Daily Star, October 29, 2013.

Defunct railways reflect a country divided,” The Daily Star, September 13, 2013.

Closed adoption system helping traffickers,” The Daily Star, September 9, 2013.

Archiving the sound history of Iraq,” The Daily Star, May 2, 2013.

Taliban poetry: Not what you’d expect,” The Daily Star, October 25, 2012.

Artists honor Baghdad’s al-Mutanabbi Street,” The Daily Star, October 13, 2012.

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