Is the Anger Over Forthcoming Film Beirut Justified?

A recent a trailer was released for an American film called Beirut – and lots of people online were angered. “It’s not even filmed in Beirut!”, “It shows Beirut in a bad light”, “The actors were not Lebanese” and so on. It’s a familiar complaint. The plot of the film follows a U.S. diplomat (Jon…

Every Kitchen Should Have a Copy of The Palestinian Table

Yes, we see you frowning and saying, “Arabic cookbook? It won’t be as good as my mother’s cooking” but even if you really believe that to be true, that’s not the point. It’s essentially a “how to make the greatest hits of Arabic cooking” guide from three generations of one family and an ideal place…

MTV Arabia

MTV Arabia launches this week and the 60th MTV channel could be the most influential since the original launched 26 years ago. Time Out spoke to those in charge about beginnings, censorship, and cleaning up hip hop. Words Matt Pomroy MTV is now older than most of the people who currently watch it. It was…