Canada, Reporting

Coast Salish designer brings native art to mainstream fashion

My second piece for the Thunderbird: the story of Tyler-Alan Jacobs, a young First Nations fashion designer who is challenging legacies of cultural appropriation and homophobia.

Read more: http://thethunderbird.ca/2014/12/01/coast-salish-designer-brings-native-art-to-mainstream-fashion/

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Lebanon, Reporting

Beirut’s top mixologist returns with new doors open

A version of this article originally appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 14, 2013, on page 2.

BEIRUT: In the final round of Diageo Lebanon’s World Class bartending competition at Iris Beach Club, six mixologists combined creativity and precision for a chance at the coveted title of Lebanon’s best bartender. In the end, ingredients straight from traditional Lebanese cooking held true when Jad Ballout’s fattoush cocktail caught the eyes of the judges. An unconventional blend of tomato, cucumber, sumac and Ketel One vodka, served with crispy bread on the side, the unique drink secured Ballout a spot in the international competition.

Ballout has since returned from the Diageo World Class Finals. Though he didn’t bring a title home, Ballout told The Daily Star the competition was a life-changing event and has opened new doors for the young mixologist.

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Culture/Lifestyle/2013/Aug-14/227240-beiruts-top-mixologist-returns-with-new-doors-open.ashx#ixzz2cExQfQbu
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

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Lebanon, Reporting

Meet the last potter in Beit Shabab

My first piece for the Daily Star, profiling the last working potter in Beit Shabab, a small town nestled in Lebanon’s mountains.

BEIT SHABAB, Lebanon: Fawzi Fakhoury’s hands are calloused and brown. Hours of shaping tough clay and standing in front of a burning wood oven have stained them shades darker than the rest of his body and toughened them so they are like leather. He is a short man with salt and pepper hair and bushy eyebrows, dressed in simple, mud-stained clothes. His weathered hands stand testimony to the thousands of pots he has created for the better part of his life.

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Culture/Lifestyle/2013/Jun-20/220923-meet-the-last-potter-in-beit-shabab.ashx#ixzz2X7ZfO8Bw
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

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Lebanon, Reporting

The sinister side of Lebanon’s electricity crisis

A version of this article originally appeared on NOW Lebanon.

A recent study conducted by Professors Alan Shihabeh and Najat Saliba of the American University of Beirut has compared the air quality in Beirut’s Hamra district while diesel generators are turned on and off. Their results show that diesel generators, used as a quick fix to Lebanon’s electricity problem, are releasing highly toxic carcinogenic particles into the air at alarmingly high rates, often directly into people’s homes. Continue reading

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