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Beirut Urban Faultlines (12)
beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
12 Jan 2018

Religion, seen simplistically by many as the underlying cause of the civil war, retains an empowering and omnipresent status among the 18 sects in Lebanon. The statue of Virgin Mary in Dowra, Beirut, sees gifts and occasional prayer from the passing Beirutis, heading into the smoke-clogged, rush-hour streets ahead.

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Beirut Urban Faultlines (1)
beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
21 Nov 2017

Under pressure from the private sector, mass urban development in the post-war years have almost eliminated public spaces from the urban fabric. Only one public beach remains in Beirut, with a raw sewage pipe running beneath it.

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Beirut Urban Faultlines (11)
beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
30 Oct 2017

More historic heritage was subsequently destroyed in the post-war construction boom, than in the conflict itself - torn down, dumped into the sea, or simply left to stand idly by the motorway.

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Beirut Urban Faultlines (2)
beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
29 Oct 2017

Children in Lebanon are not taught the contentious history of the 15 year long Lebanese civil war. Mass apathy transformed armed belligerents into suited parliamentarians, with obvious shortcomings left untouched in the non-existent national reconciliation.

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Beirut Urban Faultlines (5)
beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
29 Oct 2017

People, like the last remaining fishermen, were hit the hardest - their livelihoods destroyed by pollution, overconsumption and encroaching mass wealth.

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Beirut Urban Faultlines (4)
beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
29 Oct 2017

The post-conflict construction boom, fuelled by corruption and private sector explosion, has led to a psychotic dash for the sky.

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Beirut Urban Faultlines (7)
beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
29 Oct 2017

The mass influx of Syrians has also led to nation wide construction boom, fuelled by unregistered and expandable labour. Combined with a chronic lack of heritage protection and no enforceable planning laws, much of the construction has ripped apart Beirut’s historic fabric. In the Corniche seafront, a rare exception to the rampant build up is found in the crippled, and idle concrete barriers awaiting the now-defunct construction.

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Beirut Urban Faultlines (8)
beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
26 Oct 2017

The largely unregulated medicines market in Lebanon, flooded with international pharmaceuticals, has led to overmedication and a suberge by many into antidepressant overuse to tackle the chronic, and mostly unaddressed, PTSD among the war witnesses.

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Beirut Urban Faultlines (3)
beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
26 Oct 2017

Many argue Lebanon has never left the post-conflict stage, perhaps, even intentionally. Elements of urban securitization maintain the conflict symbolism throughout the city, however, not without genuine security fears in the region.

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Beirut Urban Faultlines (10)
beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
16 Oct 2017

And those who could not go higher, were confined to a claustrophobic urban existence.

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Syrian supporters in Beirut's Hezboll...
beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Oct 2017

Syrians watch football in area controlled by Hezbollah, near Beirut’s Armenian quarter. Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy entrenched in southern Lebanon, has fought successfully alongside the Assad regime in Syria, despite Lebanon’s official policy of neutrality. The spillover from the war resulted in an ongoing ISIS militancy in north-eastern region and a multi-million Syrian influx.. The subsequent economic difficulties have left many Lebanese pointing fingers at the Syrians, not unlike the Palestinian question preluding the civil war in 1975.

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Beirut Urban Faultlines (9)
beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
01 Oct 2017

Almost an antidote to the urban psychosis, a private-equity fuelled reach for the sky resulted in deregulated skyscrapers dotting the skyline. Whoever affords it, moves higher, only to be blocked in by the subsequent tower project.

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Manila
Manila
By Ralf Falbe
13 Jun 2016

Skyline of the Ermita District Manila, Philippines.

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Bogota centro
Bogotá
By cdsalas
24 Mar 2015

Vista de Bogotá desde el edificio Colpatria

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Bogotá Norte
Bogotá
By cdsalas
24 Mar 2015

Vías del tren de la sábana que conduce a Zipaquirá, en el norte de Bogotá.

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Bogotá Sur
Bogotá
By cdsalas
24 Mar 2015

Casas de ocupación en el barrio de Soacha al sur de Bogotá, estrato 1.

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Monserrate
Bogotá
By cdsalas
24 Mar 2015

Vistas de la ciudad desde el cerro de Monserrate, uno de los lugares más visitados de Bogotá.

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Kawrgosk refugee camp
By Victor Point
09 Apr 2014

The city of Arbil, capital of the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

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After the Spring in Yemen (10 of 28)
Sanaa, Yemen
By dustweare
31 Jul 2013

Flooded street in Old Sanaa during Ramadan, the rainy season. This photo was taken right before "Magreb", the prayer call to break the fast.

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Malaysia General Elections (16 of 16)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
By FirstName LastName
24 Apr 2013

Barisan Nasional's logo lights up the night sky in Kuala Lumpur

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Military plane crash in Sana'a, Yemen...
Sana'a, Yemen
By luke_somers
19 Feb 2013

The site of the military aircraft crash in Sana'a, Yemen.

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Escaping Hong Kong (1 of 8)
Hong Kong, China
By Joan Planas
10 Jan 2013

One of the streets of Hong Kong (January 2013). The city air is not good, there are a lot of people, many cars and a lot of noise.

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Escaping Hong Kong (5 of 8)
Hong Kong, China
By Joan Planas
09 Jan 2013

One of the streets of Hong Kong (January 2013). The city air is not good, there are a lot of people, many cars and a lot of noise.

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ANGRY CITIZENS PROTEST IN AFTERMATH O...
Achrafiyeh, Beirut, Lebanon
By Editor's Picks
20 Oct 2012

Protesters burned tires and set up roadblocks around Lebanon Saturday, October 20, in an angry response to the massive car bomb that killed senior intelligence official Wissam al Hassan, who was allegedly leading an investigation into a Lebanese politician accused of working with two Syrian officials to plan a string of attacks inside Lebanon. The blast killed at least eight people and wounded over 100. Saturday was declared a day of mourning in the country, though protesters set up roadblocks in Beirut, Sidon, Tripoli and the Bekaa Valley. Many Lebanese worry that the explosion is evidence of an escalation of Syria's war spilling over the borders and fear a return to the wave of political assassinations that rattled Lebanon between 2005 and 2008.

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Lights of Lebanon
Beirut, Lebanon
By Beau Lowenstern
05 Jul 2012

Lebanon's breathtaking natural beauty has been hidden for years behind a mask war and volatility. Its colour and light have been reduced to a monochrome image of violence and bloodshed. By attempting to bring back a balance through use black and white, light and shadow and its brilliant natural colour, Lebanon shines through to people from all corners of the globe. With an incredible variety of land and cityscapes that offer completely unique adventures and getaways, Lebanon delivers an unforgettable travelling experience.

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Black & White Sunrise
Beirut, Lebanon
By Beau Lowenstern
05 Jul 2012

Sunrise over Bierut, taken from the top of a house in Hazmieh

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Moonlit Sunrise
Beirut, Lebanon
By Beau Lowenstern
05 Jul 2012

Sunrise over Beirut city seen from rooftop in Hazmieh

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Sky Sea City
Broumana, Lebanon
By Beau Lowenstern
05 Jul 2012

Looking out over Beirut from lookout point in Broumana

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Hymn to my Homeland
Sicily
By Trinacria
02 Jun 2012

View from a baroque Sicilian balcony

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Rebel Without a Cause
Kabul, Afghanistan
By MediaMikeDC
31 Mar 2012

Motorcycle on-top parked on top of a hill, Kabul, Afghanistan.