Writing

As Monocle’s correspondent first in Beirut and then in Amsterdam I have written stories on everything from business to politics to design. I have also interviewed numerous senior figures, including head of the International Criminal Court Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, former British Ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher and CEO of HEMA Tjeerd Jegen. You can read some of my work for the magazine here. I have also co-authored two travel guides for Monocle on Beirut and Amsterdam.

I am also a freelance contributor to numerous other outlets, including Al Jazeera, BBC, IRIN, Middle East Eye, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Beast and Vice. Below is a selection of my written and multimedia work over the last few years.

 

Multimedia

What’s it like to be a young Palestinian in Lebanon? – An immersive multimedia piece allowing viewers to live a life in the week of Sara, Mohammad and Ali. (IRIN)

The refugee crisis through the eyes of Syrian children – Twelve young aspiring journalists were given pen, paper and a camera and asked about their life in Lebanon, part of a project I ran for UNICEF. (Buzzfeed)

The battle for Beirut’s skyline – A photo story looking at how Beirut’s architectural heritage is being repurposed and revitalised. (Al Jazeera)

Lebanon under fire – An interactive timeline detailing the effect of the Syrian civil war on Lebanon and the country’s resulting slow descent into chaos. (The Daily Star)

 

The Netherlands

Does Geert Wilders really matter? – He is unlikely to form a government, so why is he getting so much attention and what do the Dutch actually think of him? (Al Jazeera)

“Hatred and fear didn’t win”: Dutch relief as voters reject Wilders – A morning-after analysis of the result of the Dutch national election 2017 plus local reactions. (Middle East Eye)

Why some people are voting for the Dutch Donald Trump – A report from a market town in one of Geert Wilders’ strongholds near Rotterdam. (PRI)

“Help me before my relatives kill me”: aiding abortion in the Middle East – A look at Dutch NGO Women on Web, which is helping provide safe abortions to women in Arab countries where the procedure is illegal. (Middle East Eye)

Integration projects, Amsterdam-style – Creative new projects are encouraging local residents and recent arrivals to share their skills and free time. (Middle East Eye)

Integration in The Netherlands: what does it take to become a local? – First- and second-generation Dutch immigrants reflect on their journey from outsider to insider. (PRI)

“We don’t believe you’re gay”: LGBT refugees in the Netherlands lose hope – Forced to go to extraordinary lengths to prove their sexuality, asylum seekers are reassessing their view of the Netherlands as a tolerant place (Middle East Eye)

 

Jordan

Coding classes open new doors for Syrian refugees – A report on the inaugural Refugee Code Week held in four countries hosting millions of Syrians. (Al Jazeera)

Dire conditions for Syrian refugees on Jordan’s border – Refugees in “the berm” area face new challenges amid advent of harsh winter weather. (Al Jazeera)

 

Lebanon

Illicit cannabis farming thrives in Lebanon – As the army focuses its efforts elsewhere, the hash industry is booming. Will one winery’s attempt to reverse the trend take hold? (BBC)

Growing up as a refugee: “I missed my childhood” – For Syrian refugees in Lebanon, child marriage and child labour are often a harsh reality. (Al Jazeera)

Uncovering Lebanon’s Jewish past – Amid controversy, efforts are under way to restore what few traces remain of Lebanon’s once-vibrant Jewish community. (Al Jazeera)

Mashrou’ Leila banned from Jordan for “devil worship” – In the wake of Amman’s controversial decision to band the popular band, questions arise over censorship in one of the Middle East’s most liberal countries. (Vice)

Civil groups seek change in local elections – With Lebanon’s municipal polls due next week, civil society groups promise to “shake up” the old system.  (Al Jazeera)

The pros and cons of a ‘no camp’ policy – Could Lebanon’s decision to eschew formal camps for its 1.5 million Syrian refugees be the best option for all involved? (Al Jazeera)

Syria’s Palestinians, refugees again – Already living in exile, Palestinians from Syria face a double hardship when they get to Lebanon (The Daily Beast)

Dalieh: Tales from the sea – A long-form piece on the controversial expropriation of one of Beirut’s last remaining public stretches of coast. (Executive Magazine)

 

Tunisia

Leading the Arab world – A look at Tunisia’s crackdown on graft, and the country’s prospects in 2018. (Monocle)

Tunisian TV mogul fined over “blasphemous” film – Nabil Karoui’s controversial trial draws to a close. (Daily Telegraph)

Hague refuses to arm Syrian opposition – No agreement on military help for the rebels at the Friends of Syria conference in Tunis. (The Independent)

 

London Olympics 2012

Exclusive interview: Roger Bannister – The man who broke the four-minute mile record on how he owes his success to an earlier Olympic failure. (Reuters)

Painful start for London Pleasure Gardens – Report on the ambitious council-funded venue that filed for bankruptcy just days after this was published. (Reuters)

 

Travel

48 Hours in York (Reuters)

Ram-fighting with Maradona in Tunis (Vice – photo story)

Pharoahs and feluccas: The gift of the Nile (The Daily Star)

48 hours in Sarajevo: War, history and sour cream (The Daily Star)

48 hours in Moscow: from Soviets to Space (The Daily Star)

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