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4:49 I Paralysis 13:38 I Justice 22:05 I Irrational Optimism 30:44 I 'We Wait for their Return' 43:59 I Resilience We're with Sara Mourad for Episode 212 of The Beirut Banyan. We discuss her recent AlJumhuriya and Rusted Radishes personal essays and reflect on the cycle of prosperity and ruin that came to define modern Lebanon. The conversation delves into the aftermath of the recent Beirut blasts, the persistent demands of protestors and a post-war generation dealing with tragedy once more. We also talk about 'perpetual return', 'irrational optimism' and the constant search for passion, hope and home. Sara Mourad is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the American University of Beirut and co-directs the Women & Gender Studies Program. Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thebeirutbanyan And check out our website: www.beirutbanyan.com Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.
5:49 Sanctions 24:54 Beyond Symbolic Gestures 32:21 Irreversible 44:05 Model Paralysis 1:08:04 Neutrality & Lebanon 1:20:42 Neutrality in Perspective 1:34:12 Bleak Trajectory We're with Drew Mikhael and Nadim Shehadi for Episode 211 of The Beirut Banyan. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/CVPKblGRCsk We discuss US sanctions against Lebanese officials and French involvement in pushing for local reforms. We also talk about state paralysis and the political and economic consequences of national unity governments. The conversation includes a wider take on international protection and neutrality in foreign policy, using other countries as examples where neutrality took hold. Drew Mikhael is a 'pracademic' and a research fellow at Queens University. He has done extensive work on ethnic conflict, management, refugees & violent extremism. Nadim Shehadi is the Executive Director of Lebanese American University's New York campus and previously served as Director of the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tuft's Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thebeirutbanyan And check out our website: www.beirutbanyan.com Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.
3:24 Sanctions 14:41 Reforming the State 18:14 Organization & Structure 32:52 Deeply Embedded 40:00 Letting Go 44:48 Purpose 50:52 A Feminist Movement 56:15 Optimism 1:02:58 Away from the Story Click to watch: https://youtu.be/Q4xHAl6Tlbw We're with Dalal Mawad for Episode 210 of The Beirut Banyan. We discuss recent US sanctions against Lebanese politicians and the wider domestic and regional obstacles to reforming the state. We also talk about the protest movement's lack of organization and structure and potential stepping stones to eventual progress. The conversation includes Dalal's career in journalism and how purpose guides our commitment to Lebanon. Dalal Mawad is a Senior Producer and Correspondent for The Associated Press. Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thebeirutbanyan And check out our website: www.beirutbanyan.com Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.
2:22 Personal Well-Being 4:43 The Bubble 8:45 A Unique Tragedy 12:08 Beirut's DNA 16:52 Political Pressure We're with Dion Nissenbaum for Episode 209 of The Beirut Banyan. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/rowid3IXogw We discuss his recent essay reflecting on the Beirut blasts and how reminders of the tragedy persist. We also talk about US foreign policy vis-a-vis sanctions and a wider push for political reform. Dion Nissennbaum is Beirut-based reporter for The Wall Street Journal. The two pieces authored by Dion and referred to in this episode are accessible below: The Family Scars Left by the Beirut Blast https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-family-scars-left-by-the-beirut-blast-11599141470 U.S. Prepares Sanctions Against Hezbollah’s Allies in Lebanon https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-prepares-sanctions-against-hezbollahs-allies-in-lebanon-11597234311 Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thebeirutbanyan And check out our website: www.beirutbanyan.com Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.
4:45 No Return 19:09 Shared Pain 32:58 Autopilot 45:19 Collective Loss 51:10 Post-War Perspective We're with Mike Azar for Episode 208 of The Beirut Banyan. We discuss public and personal pain in the aftermath of the Beirut blasts, and how collective loss is shaping the post-civil war generation. We also talk about going into 'autopilot' following shock, dealing with trauma and an inability to accept tragedy without justice. Mike Azar is a finance advisor and a friend. Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thebeirutbanyan And check out our website: www.beirutbanyan.com Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.
4:09 Surprise and Disappointment 15:45 Wider Story of Accountability 24:33 International Investigation 29:58 Expectations 34:43 Subsidies 43:36 Silver Lining We're with Houshig Kaymakamian for Episode 207 of The Beirut Banyan. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/gACljKIAxVE We discuss three of her most recent The Daily Star pieces that reflect on the aftermath of the Beirut blasts, the government's resignation and the STL's verdict. We also discuss subsidies, the economic calamity and measured expectations for any incoming government. Houshig Kaymakamian is a reporter at The Daily Star. Click below to donation links for NGOs involved in the aftermath of Tuesday's Beirut blasts. Lebanese Red Cross: https://www.supportlrc.app/donate/ Impact Lebanon / Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lebanon-relief?utm_term=re7R78DA2/ Ahla Fawda: https://www.just-help.org/c/AhlaFawda/ Beit El Baraka: https://beitelbaraka.net/donation/pay/ Lebanese Food Bank https://lebanesefoodbank.org/donate/ Live Love Lebanon: https://www.givingloop.org/livelove/ Caritas Lebanon: http://www.caritas.org.lb/get_involved/donate/ Lebanon Needs: https://www.lebanonneeds.org/donate/ Embrace Lebanon: https://embracelebanon.org/donors-and-partners/ Center for Arab American Philanthropy: http://www.centeraap.org/funds/view-our-funds/seeds-of-opportunity-fund/support-lebanon-in-its-time-of-need-through-the-lebanon-relief-campaign/?fbclid=IwAR34BkKa5gI3QYq-4y_1Wy6aIoOTg3KTgEsBH4_sxF1u7dHMhS7mCpOAoec Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan Watch these episodes via our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/thebeirutbanyan Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thebeirutbanyan And check out our website: www.beirutbanyan.com Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.
2:24 Justice 17:33 Decisions Made Early On 27:20 The Regional Story 37:20 Accountability 47:58 Too Late For Reform We're with Emile Hokayem for Episode 206 of The Beirut Banyan. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/FMBK8reqySU We reflect on the STL's verdict issued earlier today and the pursuit for justice following Rafik Hariri's death. We also discuss the decisions made early on in the UN investigation and the regional story at play since 2005. Emile shares his thoughts on accountability and reform, the immense pain of the moment - especially following the recent Beirut blasts - and the need to look within Lebanon for answers. Emile Hokayem is a Senior Fellow for Middle East Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Click below to donation links for NGOs involved in the aftermath of Tuesday's Beirut blasts. Lebanese Red Cross: https://www.supportlrc.app/donate/ Impact Lebanon / Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lebanon-relief?utm_term=re7R78DA2/ Ahla Fawda: https://www.just-help.org/c/AhlaFawda/ Beit El Baraka: https://beitelbaraka.net/donation/pay/ Lebanese Food Bank https://lebanesefoodbank.org/donate/ Live Love Lebanon: https://www.givingloop.org/livelove/ Caritas Lebanon: http://www.caritas.org.lb/get_involved/donate/ Lebanon Needs: https://www.lebanonneeds.org/donate/ Embrace Lebanon: https://embracelebanon.org/donors-and-partners/ Center for Arab American Philanthropy: http://www.centeraap.org/funds/view-our-funds/seeds-of-opportunity-fund/support-lebanon-in-its-time-of-need-through-the-lebanon-relief-campaign/?fbclid=IwAR34BkKa5gI3QYq-4y_1Wy6aIoOTg3KTgEsBH4_sxF1u7dHMhS7mCpOAoec Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan Watch these episodes via our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/thebeirutbanyan Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thebeirutbanyan And check out our website: www.beirutbanyan.com Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.
4:03 Tipping Point 18:12 Paralysis 31:50 Accountability 42:05 Get them Out 47:48 Reporting on the Ground Click to watch: https://youtu.be/HDdoKkgyf_U We're with Julie Kebbi for Episode 205 of The Beirut Banyan. We reflect on the Beirut blasts last week and whether this is the tipping point for systemic change in Lebanon. We also discuss state paralysis and protestor frustrations, and the durability of corrupt political figures. Julie shares her thoughts on widespread desperation for accountability and justice, the long-term role of civil society and the inability to force more political figures to resign. Our conversation wraps up with the challenges facing reporters on the ground covering the multiple crises facing Lebanon. Julie Kebbi works at L'Orient-Le Jour's international news desk. The article referenced in the episode is accessible below: https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1229221 Click below to donation links for NGOs involved in the aftermath of Tuesday's Beirut blasts. Lebanese Red Cross: https://www.supportlrc.app/donate/ Impact Lebanon / Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lebanon-relief?utm_term=re7R78DA2/ Ahla Fawda: https://www.just-help.org/c/AhlaFawda/ Beit El Baraka: https://beitelbaraka.net/donation/pay/ Lebanese Food Bank https://lebanesefoodbank.org/donate/ Live Love Lebanon: https://www.givingloop.org/livelove/ Caritas Lebanon: http://www.caritas.org.lb/get_involved/donate/ Lebanon Needs: https://www.lebanonneeds.org/donate/ Embrace Lebanon: https://embracelebanon.org/donors-and-partners/ Center for Arab American Philanthropy: http://www.centeraap.org/funds/view-our-funds/seeds-of-opportunity-fund/support-lebanon-in-its-time-of-need-through-the-lebanon-relief-campaign/?fbclid=IwAR34BkKa5gI3QYq-4y_1Wy6aIoOTg3KTgEsBH4_sxF1u7dHMhS7mCpOAoec Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan Watch these episodes via our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/thebeirutbanyan Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thebeirutbanyan And check out our website: www.beirutbanyan.com Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.
3:28 Reflections from Afar 18:00 Symbolic Shock 42:48 'Chernobyl Moment' 1:02:53 Thirty Years Ago 1:11:58 Lebanon's Curse 1:40:11 Forget Resiliency 1:51:06 Principled Views We're with Joey Ayoub for Episode 204 of The Beirut Banyan. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/5A3rUTcG3nE We share reflections on the Beirut blasts from afar, and the complicated emotions of shared suffering at a distance from the tragedy. We discuss the symbolic shock of the mushroom-cloud effect and expand on whether this is Lebanon's 'Chernobyl Moment'. We also talk about civil war legacy that persists until today, and whether Lebanon is cursed to failed state status despite the persistent push by protestors for the better. This is Joey's third appearance on The Beirut Banyan. We also reflect on friendship born over the moment despite never having met in person, and how long-form conversations can bring strangers together searching for shared understanding over the difficult moment we're going through. Joey Ayoub is a PhD researcher and fellow podcaster, and currently hosts 'The Fire These Times' podcast. Click below to donation links for NGOs involved in the aftermath of Tuesday's Beirut blasts. Lebanese Red Cross: https://www.supportlrc.app/donate/ Impact Lebanon / Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lebanon-relief?utm_term=re7R78DA2/ Ahla Fawda: https://www.just-help.org/c/AhlaFawda/ Beit El Baraka: https://beitelbaraka.net/donation/pay/ Lebanese Food Bank https://lebanesefoodbank.org/donate/ Live Love Lebanon: https://www.givingloop.org/livelove/ Caritas Lebanon: http://www.caritas.org.lb/get_involved/donate/ Lebanon Needs: https://www.lebanonneeds.org/donate/ Embrace Lebanon: https://embracelebanon.org/donors-and-partners/ Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan Watch these episodes via our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/thebeirutbanyan Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thebeirutbanyan And check out our website: www.beirutbanyan.com Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.
1:55 Beirut Blasts 9:49 Forced Change 21:38 Oligarchy of Dictators 32:33 Identity & Citizenship 38:08 The Aftermath 44:35 The Problem 55:48 'Chernobyl Moment' 1:02:53 Thirty Years Ago We're with Nafez Zouk for Episode 203 of The Beirut Banyan. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/f63C1t-ME4o We address the weekend protests that culminated in the Prime Minister's resignation earlier today. We also discuss the political aftermath of the Beirut blasts last Tuesday, the idea of forced change in recent Lebanese history and whether this is Lebanon's 'Chernobyl Moment'. Nafez Zouk is a lead economist at Oxford Economics. Click below to donation links for NGOs involved in the aftermath of Tuesday's Beirut blasts. Lebanese Red Cross: https://www.supportlrc.app/donate/ Impact Lebanon / Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lebanon-relief?utm_term=re7R78DA2/ Ahla Fawda: https://www.just-help.org/c/AhlaFawda/ Beit El Baraka: https://beitelbaraka.net/donation/pay/ Lebanese Food Bank https://lebanesefoodbank.org/donate/ Live Love Lebanon: https://www.givingloop.org/livelove/ Caritas Lebanon: http://www.caritas.org.lb/get_involved/donate/ Lebanon Needs: https://www.lebanonneeds.org/donate/ Embrace Lebanon: https://embracelebanon.org/donors-and-partners/ Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan Watch these episodes via our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/thebeirutbanyan Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thebeirutbanyan And check out our website: www.beirutbanyan.com Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.
For Episode 202, I reflect on the aftermath of Tuesday's blasts, the protests taking place in Martyrs Square and across downtown Beirut and the hostage-like situation facing Lebanon. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/D9WnzAill3E Click below to donation links for NGOs involved in the aftermath of Tuesday's Beirut blasts. Lebanese Red Cross: https://www.supportlrc.app/donate/ Impact Lebanon / Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lebanon-relief?utm_term=re7R78DA2/ Ahla Fawda: https://www.just-help.org/c/AhlaFawda/ Beit El Baraka: https://beitelbaraka.net/donation/pay/ Lebanese Food Bank https://lebanesefoodbank.org/donate/ Live Love Lebanon: https://www.givingloop.org/livelove/ Caritas Lebanon: http://www.caritas.org.lb/get_involved/donate/ Lebanon Needs: https://www.lebanonneeds.org/donate/ Embrace Lebanon: https://embracelebanon.org/donors-and-partners/ Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan Watch these episodes via our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/thebeirutbanyan Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thebeirutbanyan And check out our website: www.beirutbanyan.com Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.
For Episode 201 I speak with Charbel Bassil, owner of Le Chef restaurant in Gemmayze. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/hSMFr_6e88Y Charbel shares his experience surviving the blast while at Le Chef and the injuries he sustained. He also expresses the immense difficulties and shared pain of Beirut's residents. We share memories of Le Chef and what the restaurant means to Beirut. If you'd like to donate and help Charbel repair Le Chef from damages sustained, please use the PayPal link below and note 'Le Chef' in the comments section: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut And I will forward all donations his way. He is in need of repair works, and if you are able to assist get in touch with me directly: banyan@bebeirut.org And I will forward Charbel's contact details. For other NGOs involved in the aftermath of the Beirut port blasts, see below: Lebanese Red Cross: https://www.supportlrc.app/donate/ Impact Lebanon / Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lebanon-relief?utm_term=re7R78DA2/ Ahla Fawda: https://www.just-help.org/c/AhlaFawda/ Beit El Baraka: https://beitelbaraka.net/donation/pay/ Lebanese Food Bank https://lebanesefoodbank.org/donate/ Live Love Lebanon: https://www.givingloop.org/livelove/ Caritas Lebanon: http://www.caritas.org.lb/get_involved/donate/ Lebanon Needs: https://www.lebanonneeds.org/donate/ Embrace Lebanon: https://embracelebanon.org/donors-and-partners/ Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan Watch these episodes via our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/thebeirutbanyan Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thebeirutbanyan And check out our website: www.beirutbanyan.com Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.
Click to watch: https://youtu.be/CGjfd0U3pGg Links referenced in this episode to help donate to the victims of yesterday's explosions in Beirut. Lebanese Red Cross: https://www.supportlrc.app/donate/ Impact Lebanon / Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lebanon-relief?utm_term=re7R78DA2/ Ahla Fawda: https://www.just-help.org/c/AhlaFawda/ Beit El Baraka: https://beitelbaraka.net/donation/pay/ Lebanese Food Bank https://lebanesefoodbank.org/donate/ Live Love Lebanon: https://www.givingloop.org/livelove/ Caritas Lebanon: http://www.caritas.org.lb/get_involved/donate/ Lebanon Needs: https://www.lebanonneeds.org/donate/ Embrace Lebanon: https://embracelebanon.org/donors-and-partners/ 4:12 Esin Efe 40:12 Farrah Berrou 1:14:20 Andrew Mikhael 1:41:02 Nadim Shehadi 2:10:54 Alexandra Talty 2:28:53 Deeba Shadnia For Episode 200 I reflect with friends on the aftermath of yesterday's explosions that destroyed Beirut's port and tore through the city. The guests include Esin Efe; Farrah Berrou; Andrew Mikhael; Nadim Shehadi; Deeba Shadnia; & Alexandra Talty. Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan Watch these episodes via our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/thebeirutbanyan Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thebeirutbanyan And check out our website: www.beirutbanyan.com Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.
Links referenced in this episode to help donate to the victims of yesterday's explosions in Beirut. Lebanese Red Cross: https://www.supportlrc.app/donate/ Impact Lebanon / Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lebanon-relief?utm_term=re7R78DA2/ Ahla Fawda: https://www.just-help.org/c/AhlaFawda/ Beit El Baraka: https://beitelbaraka.net/donation/pay/ Live Love Lebanon: https://www.givingloop.org/livelove/ Caritas Lebanon: http://www.caritas.org.lb/get_involved/donate/ Lebanon Needs: https://www.lebanonneeds.org/donate/ Embrace Lebanon: https://embracelebanon.org/donors-and-partners/ Click to watch: https://youtu.be/pOTyn4bnEck For Episode 199 I reflect on the aftermath of yesterday's explosions that destroyed Beirut's port and tore through the city. For Faysal Itani's New York Time Opinion piece referenced in this episode, 'Lebanon’s Mushroom Cloud of Incompetence', click below: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/05/opinion/beirut-explosions.html Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan Watch these episodes via our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/thebeirutbanyan Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thebeirutbanyan And check out our website: www.beirutbanyan.com Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.
Lebanon needs your help. Please consider a donation to: The Lebanese Red Cross: https://www.supportlrc.app/donate/ or any of the local Lebanese NGOs listed on the following link: https://lebanoncrisis.carrd.co/#donate Click to watch: https://youtu.be/Z9EqQInrBtM 2:46 Explosions in Beirut 11:06 Back to the Beginning 21:50 Expectations 38:09 Hesitation? 1:00:11 Disappointment 1:09:27 Incentive 1:19:35 A Long Time 1:24:43 The Lesser Known 1:33:04 Personal Loss 1:40:25 Memories of my Father We're with Olga Kavran for Episode 198 of The Beirut Banyan. We address the explosions that shattered Beirut's port, nearby neighborhoods and large swathes of the city. Our conversation addresses accountability, international criminal law, justice and the upcoming judgement this Friday of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Olga Kavran was generous with her time in the immediate aftermath of the explosions. She is the Head of Outreach and Legacy at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. In this episode she is not speaking on behalf of The Tribunal. Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan Watch these episodes via our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/thebeirutbanyan Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thebeirutbanyan And check out our website: www.beirutbanyan.com Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.
1:30 Catching up with Carmen 7:42 Day to Day Life in Beirut 19:20 Cancer 23:39 Neoliberal Capitalism 25:23 Structural Racism 29:20 Politics of Fear 33:47 Day by Day Mode 40:26 IMF Negotiations 47:36 Confessional Power Sharing 59:28 Lecturing in time of Covid We're back with Carmen Geha for Episode 197 of The Beirut Banyan. We discuss her recent 'The New Arab' pieces tackling the Lebanese government's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and wider issues that link the pandemic to rampant corruption and the ongoing economic crisis. Carmen reflects on her personal 'politics of hope' and overcoming political fear. We talk about a potential silver lining in failed IMF negotiations and how issues of structural racism tie in to a dysfunctional state's inability to implement laws that protect vulnerable groups including domestic workers. Carmen Geha is an Associate Professor with Tenure at the American University of Beirut. The pieces referred to in this episode are accessible below: Corruption, not coronavirus, is ravaging Lebanon: https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2020/4/30/corruption-not-coronavirus-is-ravaging-lebanon Beirut under quarantine: Why decades of unshackled neoliberalism left Lebanon in extreme danger from coronavirus: Beirut under quarantine: Why decades of unshackled neoliberalism left Lebanon in extreme danger from coronavirus https://medium.com/@levantophile/on-the-arab-identity-and-its-discontents-a-personal-reflection-and-a-survey-of-christian-163ed3bafd72 Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan Watch these episodes via our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/thebeirutbanyan Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thebeirutbanyan And check out our website: www.beirutbanyan.com Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.
1:50 Day to Day Routine 6:54 Personal Evolution 24:38 The Wider Story 39:00 'Uniqueness' 54:45 Political Reform 1:00:54 Localism Click to watch: https://youtu.be/XNfcJ-Db5mk We're with Tamer Aboul-Hosn for Episode 196 of The Beirut Banyan. We discuss his recent Medium piece "On the Arab Identity and Its Discontents: A Personal Reflection and a Survey of Christian Perspectives" and dive into the wider story of political autonomy, pluralism and competing narratives that helped shape Lebanon's minorities relationship to the state, in particular the Maronite Christian experience. Tamer shares his own political evolution and the literature that helped shape his views on Arab nationalism and Lebanese nationalism, and an appreciation for non-Arab languages and communities in the Middle East. He also reflects on his personal curiosity of other minorities' insecurities, and his belief in localism and local expression as opposed to centralized governance and pan-Arab persuasion. Tamer Aboul-Hosn is an International Studies graduate at UC San Diego. The piece referred to in this episode is accessible below: https://medium.com/@levantophile/on-the-arab-identity-and-its-discontents-a-personal-reflection-and-a-survey-of-christian-163ed3bafd72 Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan Watch these episodes via our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/thebeirutbanyan Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thebeirutbanyan And check out our website: www.beirutbanyan.com Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.
2:00 Day to Day Life in Beirut 8:24 Back to 2005 10:20 Taef Accord 46:08 The Banking Sector 1:03:56 The Middle Class 1:16:53 Civil War Legacy 1:25:32 Freedom of Expression 1:34:01 Army & Internal Security 1:42:33 Light at the End of the Tunnel Click to watch: https://youtu.be/1Cq-ftnQyLA We're with Maha Yahya for Episode 195 of The Beirut Banyan. We discuss her recent piece "All Fall Down" that appeared in Carnegie Middle East's Diwan blog and expand on five pillars that sustained post civil war Lebanon. We reflect on the impact of protests and recurring assassinations from 2005 onwards that contribute to today's events; the civil war's legacy; and recurrent obstacles preventing needed reform. We also share a mutual appreciation for Samir Kassir and reflect on my father's final years. Maha Yahya is Director of the Carnegie Middle East Center. The piece referred to in this episode is accessible below: https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/82348 Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan Watch these episodes via our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/thebeirutbanyan Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thebeirutbanyan And check out our website: www.beirutbanyan.com Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.
3:17 Memories & Music 24:41 Competing Narratives 32:22 'Lebanonism' 40:00 Arab Nationalism 47:24 Palestine and The Civil War 57:28 Singing the 20th Century Click to watch: https://youtu.be/AEtfmjqu1i4 We're back with Deeba Shadnia for Episode 194 of The Beirut Banyan. We discuss a range of topics that include nostalgia and nationalism, identity and the arts, and how Fairuz' music fits into the backdrop of all that is modern Lebanon. Our conversation includes notions of 'Lebanonism' and Arab nationalism; competing nationalisms that took Lebanon to brief civil war in 1958 and later from 1975-1989. We also talk about Fairuz's ability to attract of multitude of aspirations that are often at odds with one another, and why her music truly resonates beyond Lebanon's borders. We also discuss 20th century ideas that came and went, and how Fairuz's catalogue covers all the complexities of Lebanon. Deeba Shadnia is a graduate of King's College London and wrote her Master's thesis on Fairuz's cultural expression and the tension between Lebanese and Arab nationalism. Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan Watch these episodes via our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/thebeirutbanyan Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thebeirutbanyan And check out our website: www.beirutbanyan.com Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.
2:25 Life in Beirut 10:48 Learning through Podcasting 17:20 Is consensus-driven governance the core problem? 23:04 Reflections 44:28 The Ultimate Stumbling Block 1:01:42 Freedom of Expression Click to watch: https://youtu.be/sDm5PSdUeOc We're with the Lebanese Politics Podcast for Episode 193 of The Beirut Banyan. We discuss life today in Beirut; the benefits of getting the wider story across through long-form narrative and podcasting; various reflections on the initial days of the October Uprising and developments today; ultimate stumbling blocks that diminished earlier protest movements and curtailed previous attempts at reform following the end of the civil war; the state of freedom of expression today in Lebanon; and a shared appreciation for the podcasting medium and storytelling in all formats. The Lebanese Politics Podcast team includes Benjamin Redd, Nizar Hassan and Susan Wilson. Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan Watch these episodes via our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/thebeirutbanyan Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thebeirutbanyan And check out our website: www.beirutbanyan.com Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.
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