Author: Laudy Issa

Laudy Issa is a multimedia journalist and the Managing Editor of Beirut Today. You might catch her tripping over wires in local theatres or gigs.

Panel discussion at the first Refugees=Partners conference. (Refugees=Partners)
Refugees=Partners: Better refugee policies can benefit both Syrians and Lebanese host communities

That’s not all: Syrian refugees are actually filling some of the gaps in the Lebanese economy, as opposed to competing with the Lebanese workforce.

Mashrou' Leila poster for the Byblos International Festival.
People Are Threatening Mashrou’ Leila with Bullets Before Their Concert At the Byblos International Festival

They’re also calling for the cancellation of Mashrou’ Leila’s concert for a song that “insults religion” but was released four years ago.

LebMASH's Executive Director Souad Al Challah (left) and "Break The Silence" winner Johnny Zakhour.
Do Lebanon’s Future Doctors Accept the LGBTQ+ Community? LebMASH BTS Winner Explores

Does the LGBTQ+ community in Lebanon trust healthcare providers? Do future doctors accept queer patients?

Map showing pollution levels on the Lebanese coastline
Where is it safe to swim in Lebanon?

Breaking down which beaches to go to and to avoid this summer in Lebanon, according to new research from the National Center for Marine Sciences.

Here’s What Beirut Jam Sessions Is Like After Seven Years of Music, Filming, and Business

We sat down with the co-founders of Beirut Jam Sessions for their seventh year anniversary.

Lebanese University strike
Students at the Lebanese University haven’t had courses in three weeks

Professors at the Lebanese University are on strike, demanding their rights from the government but putting the futures of students at risk. Students react:

Camp Claude interviewed by Beirut Today
Quickfire Questions: Camp Claude talks music, movies, and Beirut

France-based Camp Claude’s Diane Sagnier talks about Beirut and her electropop music in a round.

The entrance to Beit Beirut, where the exhibition accompanying the launch of the timeline of the women's movement in Lebanon is on display until Saturday evening. (Laudy Issa)
You can now see the entire history of the women’s movement in Lebanon

For over a hundred years, women have willingly put up with the ridicule, the belittling, and the pushback from the public to advocate for women’s rights in Lebanon. And they had previously been forgotten.

Workers clean the Zouk Mosbeh beach in 2018. (AFP | Joseph Eid)
Happy Earth Day, try to do the bare minimum to save our planet

The secret services of the world probably never had to hide evidence of extraterrestrial life.

Post-rock band Ilvy –Paul Toubia, Anthony Hakim, Joe Kareh, Gabriel Sarkissian. (Tony Elieh)
Meet local post-rock band Ilvy and their stuffed monkey mascot

Ilvy grip and hook their listeners with a consistently surprising “wall of sound” that ranges from heavy instrumentals to light ambient sounds.