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Detail: Girl on the Beach
Detail: Girl on the Beach
Tanya Habjouqa
Tanya Habjouqa

When it was first published in 2013, Tanya Habjouqa"s groundbreaking series "Occupied Pleasures' forced us to see one of the most photographed corners of the world in an entirely different light. The multi-dimensional portrayal of joy and defiance in the face of trying circumstances in the Occupied Palestinian Territories went on to garner international recognition, including a World Press Photo award. The final available copies of the original 2015 Occupied Pleasures book are currently available on the NOOR website.

More than four million Palestinians live in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, where politics, restriction of movement and violence regularly intrude upon the most mundane of moments. Habjouqa captured how this longstanding occupation creates the strongest of desires for the smallest of pleasures and a sharp sense of humor.

Here, Habjouqa provides commentary on a selection of five images from the series, which OneShot has produced in a Cinq video:

Occupied Pleasures - CINQ - (Tanya Habjouqa/NOOR) | OneShot

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Has Lebanese Politics Finally Freed Itself Of Iran's Influence?

Lebanon's recent elections have shrunk the legislative block led by national power-brokers Hezbollah. But will a precarious new majority be able to rid the government of the long shadow of Tehran?

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The results of parliamentary elections in Lebanon, have put an end to the majority block led by Hezbollah, the paramilitary group concocted by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Hezbollah and its Christian allies, the Free Patriotic Movement, led by President Michel Aoun, lost their 71 seats and will now have 62 (of a total 128 seats).

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