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The Beirut Banyan Ronnie Chatah

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Storytelling and conversations, from Beirut and beyond. Subscribe from your preferred podcast platform. Support us through Paypal or Patreon.

    Ep.231 (Video): 'Let's Play' Initiative with Nada Borgi & Sandra Richani

    Ep.231 (Video): 'Let's Play' Initiative with Nada Borgi & Sandra Richani

    0:00 Intro
    2:54 Purpose
    8:00 Gap
    15:30 Initial Three Schools
    18:01 Big Toys
    23:20 Ground Painting
    30:58 Shading Canopies
    35:32 Urgency

    We're with Nada Borgi and Sandra Richani for Episode 231 of The Beirut Banyan.

    Click to watch:
    https://youtu.be/_bqb-BLDj9k

    We discuss their 'Let's Play' Initiative, aiming to restore and design three playgrounds in three different schools destroyed by the August 4 port blasts.

    Their crowdfunding campaign aims to raise $45,000 by the end of this year. The GoFundMe link is accessible below:

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/beirut-schools-playgrounds-design-project?utm_source=whatsapp-visit&utm_medium=chat&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

    Our conversation includes citizen-driven initiatives and volunteer efforts that help create a positive environment for children returning to their schools post-lockdown.

    Nada Borgi and Sandra Richani are architects and urban planners / designers.

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    Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.

    • 40 min
    Ep.230 (Video): 'Wine and War' with Michael Karam

    Ep.230 (Video): 'Wine and War' with Michael Karam

    0:00 Intro
    3:12 The Moment
    13:28 Entrepreneurial Spirit
    16:20 Importance of Lebanon
    19:50 Serge Hochar
    25:19 Yves Mourad
    28:17 Father Joseph Fahed
    30:02 Neila Bitar
    32:12 Sandro Saadé
    35:07 Ramzi Ghosn
    37:37 Elizabeth Gilbert
    44:41 Identity

    We're with Michael Karam for Episode 230 of The Beirut Banyan.

    Click to watch:
    https://youtu.be/8O2mRYdS73s

    We discuss the recently released film 'Wine and War', the wider story of Lebanese wine and entrepreneurial spirit interwoven in our history and identity.

    Our conversation includes reflections of wine producers mentioned in the film and the background conflicts that define our modern era.

    Michael Karam is a wine writer and author of 'Wines of Lebanon'.

    Click on the following link to watch the movie
    https://wineandwar.com

    All proceeds go to the pediatric unit at Saint George Hospital in Beirut. You can also donate directly to Saint George Hospital via the following link:

    https://www.stgeorgehospital.org

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    • 50 min
    Ep.229 (Video): 'Unfinished Revolution' with Rima Majed

    Ep.229 (Video): 'Unfinished Revolution' with Rima Majed

    0:00 Intro
    2:00 Paralyzed
    7:28 Stacked Against You
    14:44 Fluid
    20:04 The Region
    25:26 Monetary
    32:06 'Revolutionary'
    35:44 Neoliberalism
    43:43 Organization
    51:11 Youth

    We're with Rima Majed for Episode 229 of The Beirut Banyan.

    Click to watch:
    https://youtu.be/JRPZRHl6BWg

    We discuss her recent Middle East Eye piece, 'Lebanon's unfinished revolution: Where next?' and reflect on the underpinnings of what Rima refers to as sectarian neoliberalism.

    Our conversation includes domestic and regional considerations, comparing recent attempts at reform, defining what 'revolutionary' means and a need for political opposition to organize.

    Rima Majed is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the American University of Beirut.

    The article referenced in this piece is linked below:

    https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/one-year-lebanon-marks-unfinished-revolution

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    • 58 min
    Ep.228: Influencing the Moment with Gino Raidy

    Ep.228: Influencing the Moment with Gino Raidy

    0:00 Intro
    1:16 Independence Day 2020
    6:25 Back to 2008
    14:50 Gradual Organization
    21:00 Claim Power
    27:16 Identity
    36:34 Life Story
    47:32 Phone
    56:11 Weapons
    1:12:03 Minteshreen
    1:19:57 Freedom of Expression
    1:27:50 'Bukra'

    We're with Gino Raidy for Episode 228 of The Beirut Banyan.

    Click to watch:
    https://youtu.be/3K30QInfQAQ

    We discuss citizen journalism and political activism, and reflect on the current political paralysis and economic crisis engulfing Lebanon.

    Our conversation includes grassroots civil engagement going back to 2008, newfound Lebanese identity, the powerful use of social media and a citizen-led fight to maintain freedom of expression.

    We also talk about Minteshreen, Gino's personal commitment to Lebanon and his new online show, 'Bukra'.

    Gino is a citizen journalist and political activist. Check out his website:

    www.ginosblog.com

    And subscribe to his new show 'Bukra' via the following link:
    https://www.patreon.com/posts/inducing-bukra-43088101

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    • 1 hr 39 min
    Ep.227 (Video): 'The Tragedy of Doing Nothing' with Amer Bisat

    Ep.227 (Video): 'The Tragedy of Doing Nothing' with Amer Bisat

    0:00 Intro
    2:22 Paralysis
    11:01 Utter Incompetence
    14:24 Waiting Game
    17:13 Balance of Payments
    22:35 Public & Private Debt
    26:52 Banking Sector
    34:18 Public Sector
    42:11 Assistance without Reform
    45:54 Threat of Violence

    We're with Amer Bisat for Episode 227 of The Beirut Banyan.

    Click to watch:
    https://youtu.be/tiMYIRS_BbM

    We discuss his recent Carnegie / Dispatch piece 'The Tragedy of Doing Nothing' and the ongoing political and economic paralysis eroding Lebanese society.

    Our conversation includes political class incompetence, nonchalance and a mismanaged hard landing collapsing the economy by stealth.

    We also look at fears of political and economic breakdown resulting in inter-communal violence, and compare the current situation to previous factors that led to civil strife.

    Amer is a senior fund manager at a global asset management company and a former senior economist at the International Monetary Fund.

    The article referred to in this episode is linked below:

    https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/83012

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    • 59 min
    Ep.226 (Video): Embrace with Mia Atoui

    Ep.226 (Video): Embrace with Mia Atoui

    0:00 Intro
    1:47 Taboo
    4:57 Tipping Point
    8:18 Hotline
    16:16 Taking Time
    19:30 Escape
    21:36 Aftermath
    27:12 Primary Step
    29:40 Positive Change

    We're with Mia Atoui for Episode 226 of The Beirut Banyan.

    Click to watch:
    https://youtu.be/Cx2pM8kPlcE

    We discuss Embrace and the wider work of raising mental health awareness in Lebanon.

    Our conversation includes confronting the stigma too often associated with mental health illness, grassroots level work at tacking previously taboo subjects and the inception of Embace's suicide prevention hotline (1564).

    Mia Atoui is the cofounder and vice president of Embrace.

    Check out their website: https://embracelebanon.org

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    • 36 min

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