US decides to rejoin UNESCO and pay back dues, to counter Chinese influence
U.N. cultural and scientific agency UNESCO has announced that the United States plans to rejoin — and pay more than $600 million in back dues — after a decade-long dispute sparked by the organization’s move to include Palestine as a member.
Beirut residents determined to save heritage lost to blast
We love the project, we love Beirut and we love Lebanon and thats what we are.The day of the blast, Debs was at the house. Naji Raji, an activist and spokesman for Save Beirut Heritage, said the blast damaged more than 600 historic buildings in Beirut, of which about 40 are at risk of collapse. Raji said some estimates put the cost of renovating old buildings at about $300 million. The renovation work is being carried out by the Beirut Heritage Initiative, a coalition that includes among others the U.N. culture agency UNESCO, the French embassy and the architects syndicate, Raji said. Since the blast occurred there have been reports of middlemen scouting destroyed neighborhoods and making offers to buy old buildings.