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About Mai Ghoussoub

Mai Ghoussoubis was a Lebanese artist, writer and publisher. She wrote numerous articles on culture and middle-eastern issues for international journals.

Articles by Mai Ghoussoub

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Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Beirut and contradiction: reading the World Press Photo award

Four stylish young women, an open-topped car, the rubble of war-torn Beirut … but where is the real power of Spencer Platt's prize-winning image, asks Mai Ghoussoub.

(This article was first published on 13 February 2007)


“From the shores of the Mediterranean, I prefer to remember the warmth and the dance. From Beirut I do not want to speak of missed opportunities, but of a city that was opened to travellers, a tolerant harbour.” Artist, entrepreneur, writer, and openDemocracy friend, Mai Ghoussoub explains her love of words, images and ideas.

Lebanon: slices of life

The war shook the Lebanese inside out. Now – at rallies and parties, in art and life, with white anger and black humour - they are trying to make sense of it all. Mai Ghoussoub shares her journey into hearts and minds.

Driving with Rida

Who is serious?

A true response to the cruelty and humiliation of Abu Ghraib requires not dismissal or evasion but recognition of its disturbing human reality.

Abu Ghraib: I do not know where to look for hope

The images of torture and humiliation inflicted by Americans on Arabs in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib leave Mai Ghoussoub in despair.
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