Theater of Cruelty

Beirut

War propaganda: seeing the fake game up close

PRESS AND MEDIA : After several hundred thousand dead, it is time for a pause to think about the war in Ukraine. What we in the press do is propaganda, and the price can be high. News is often created within a self-referential framework, writes war correspondent Ragnar Skre.

Urban agriculture in Palestinian refugee camps

FOOD: In refugee camps all over Lebanon and Syria, the Palestinian aid organization Jafra Foundation has been responsible for urban cultivation – with organic and short-lived herbs and vegetables. But the societal benefit extends further than that. They build planters, provide soil, compost, small plants, seeds and access to water.

Permanent state of emergency

ESSAY: The power goes out, exchange rates fluctuate, bread prices explode, fuel disappears. There are also still traces of the explosion. Yet Beirut's hard-pressed citizens time and again manage to find a foothold in chaos. And the chaos is contributing to Beirut never becoming a clean-up city.

Arab film with political sting

ARAB MOVIE DAYS: The thriller Huda's Salon takes a feminist look at the position of women in the Israeli – occupied West Bank, while the distinctive family drama Costa Brava, Lebanon deals with Lebanon's ongoing waste crisis.

When corruption comes to life

BEIRUT: In its extreme consequence, corruption contributes to the loss of human life. We saw it in Bangladesh when the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in 2013.

BEFORE AND AFTER THE EXPLOSION: How to patch up a city

TRIPOLI / BEIRUT: One of Lebanon's most controversial directors, Lucien Bourjeily, has put the country on the international theater map through his theater productions.

The war reporter close to the truth

PORTRAIT FILM: War Reporter Robert Fisk has the courage to monitor and challenge. He is known for reporting from the front lines in violation of the official line of politicians and authorities.

The people of Lebanon do not give up

LEBANON: "We go home when the government goes home," said the protesters at the Riad al-Solh in Beirut.

Luxury and decadence in Beirut

ELITE: Eric Motjer's new film portrays four people belonging to Lebanon's Christian elite. It's a fascinating glimpse into a lifestyle you may not have known existed.

Breaking the silence on the Lebanese civil war

THE WAR IN LIBANON: About a War shows how understanding history can contribute to reconciliation and progress in a society where it is still taboo to talk about the past.

A wonderful city, a sad city

Beirut: The disaster has its own logic – slow, slow, people live their lives. How does a crisis appear? What signs should we learn to read? And what does it mean to write in a time like now?