Friday, July 06, 2007

The Politics of Property

NOW Lebanon continues its series of exposees on one of Lebanon's largest and perhaps most controversial business and social sectors: that of Construction, (Re)Development, and Land Ownership.

The interactive piece, tackling the stories of five of the capital's distinctive war-time-era landmarks, touches on the number of undertones that color the country's complex politics, or at least social phenomena.

Some stories speak of inspirational initiatives such as the Barakat Building project which aims at using the land, and our lasting effect on it over the years, to tell the story of a people, nation, and shared history that bind them together.
A handful of intellectuals, however, including the architects behind the campaign to save the Barakat Building, have argued that Lebanon cannot move forward from the civil war until it creates a “collective memory” and then uses that unified account of civil war events to heal some of the divisions fracturing society today.
Others, remind us of the politics of property and the greed and corruption that accompanied a fifteen year Syrian infiltration and occupation. Others still, touch on the current occupation of downtown Beirut by supporters of Syria's allies in the country in a bid to bring down the government.

Whatever your political outlook, this piece will most likely prove an entertaining read with a number of old rumors and a sprinkling of new ones both put to rest and/or resurrected (depends on how you see it).


  1. kheir7:02 PM

    I saw the Holliday Inn being constructed in 1971-72 as I was in 12eme in the nearby College de Lasalle and I saw it being destroyed in 1976 when I could not go to Collège du Sacré-Coeur and I was sent to the Besançon located between Georges Picot st (now Omar Daouk st) and Wadi Abou-Jmil.

  2. Anonymous10:33 PM

    lets hope it doesn't happen again


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