Hussain Abdul-Hussain reports how students at the Lebanese University in Beirut ban other students from playing Fairouz songs on campus. [Did Hezbollah really censor Fairouz? Read the article here.]
Sinister politics and piles of garbage aside, Beirut is a hotbed for new, international designers. Rima Suqi wrote a piece on Beirut’s booming design scene for The New York Times [The Thriving Designers Who Dominate Beirut’s Flourishing Scene. Read the article here.]
The mayor of the Greek island of Melos has launched a campaign for the return of the Venus di Milo from the Louvre to its island of origin. High time for former colonising empires to return the spoils. [Give us back the Venus de Milo, Greeks tell Louvre. Read the article here.]
Lapham’s Quarterly published an essay by French writer Paul Veyne about Palmyra, translated from the French by Teresa Lavender Fagan. “It seems to me that the temples and artifacts of Palmyra were destroyed because they were venerated by citizens of the West. ISIS wanted to show that it doesn’t respect what Western culture admires.” [The Oasis of Palmyra. Read the essay here.]
The Latsis Foundation has released Prehistoric Thera, a voluminous tome with new photographs from the archaeological dig of Akrotiri on Santorini. Minoan frescoes have never looked so fresh. You can browse the entire volume online as an e-book here.
Featured image: Wall fresco from the “Purifications Pool” in Xesti 3, a building in the ancient city of Akrotiri on Santorini. Saffron gatherers empty their harvest in a large basket, from which a blue monkey makes bouquets to offer to the imposing winged female figure to the right, presumably Potnia, the goddess of nature. Screenshot from the book Prehistoric Thera, 2016. Copyright Ioannis S. Latsis Foundation.