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.

Still from Interbellum's Ready To Dissolve music video, directed by Camille Cabbabé.
Interbellum takes you down a winding, nostalgic road with Dead Pets, Old Griefs

Interbellum’s Karl Mattar would much rather let his music speak for itself than sit for.

Beirut Pride suspends opening night until further notice

Statements from both the queer community in Lebanon and religious authorities called for its boycott, but for vastly different reasons.

Garbage crisis: Around 85 percent of Lebanon's waste goes to open dumps or landfills, even though 88 to 90 percent of it can be composted or recycled. (Infographic by Christina Atik)
Lebanese Politicians Will Never Agree On A Sustainable Solution To The Garbage Crisis

Harsh criticism or reality?

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.