Lebanon (/ˈlɛbənɒn/; Arabic: لبنان, romanized: Lubnān, Lebanese Arabic pronunciation: [lɪbˈnɛːn]; French: Liban), officially known as the Lebanese Republic (Arabic: الجمهورية اللبنانية, romanized: al-Jumhūrīyah al-Lubnānīyah, Lebanese Arabic pronunciation: [elˈʒʊmhuːɾɪjje lˈlɪbnɛːnɪjje]; French: République libanaise), is a country in Western Asia. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to the south, while Cyprus is west across the Mediterranean Sea. Lebanon’s location at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Basin and the Arabian hinterland facilitated its rich history and shaped a cultural identity of religious and ethnic diversity. At just 10,452 km2 (4,036 sq. mi.), it is the smallest recognized sovereign state on the mainland Asian continent.
Despite its small size, the country has developed a well-known culture and has been highly influential in the Arab world, powered by its large diaspora. Before the Lebanese Civil War (1975–1990), the country experienced a period of relative calm and renowned prosperity, driven by tourism, agriculture, commerce, and banking. Because of its financial power and diversity in its heyday, Lebanon was referred to as the “Switzerland of the East” during the 1960s, and its capital, Beirut, attracted so many tourists that it was known as “the Paris of the Middle East”. At the end of the war, there were extensive efforts to revive the economy and rebuild national infrastructure. In spite of these troubles, Lebanon has the highest Human Development Index and GDP per capita in the Arab world outside of the oil-rich economies of the Persian Gulf. Lebanon has been a member of the United Nations since its founding in 1945 as well as of the Arab League (1945), the Non-Aligned Movement (1961), Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (1969) and the Organisation internationale de la francophonie (1973).
adding page this day:
Asia Art Tours (@asiaarttours) tweeted at 4:27 AM – 27 Nov 2019 :
For those wanting to understand or help others understand the importance of Lebanon’s protests- both for the Arab World and for building global solidarity- we created a short video from our Podcast w. researcher @joeyayoub . The full podcast is here: https://t.co/BwCRRhSXgihttps://t.co/Of4gW9bgI7 (http://twitter.com/asiaarttours/status/1199650921648492544?s=17)
2 min video – joey ayoub talking
that allows for a trans/inter national solidarity to be formed..
for the love of god.. if we still don’t understand that we need trans/anti national.. whatever.. we need human to human things happening right now..t
in the era of the climate emergency.. i don’t know what will push us to understand this
nationality: human.. et al
we have this expression – hallas (it’s finished that’s enough).. enough.. we need to create these links.. and that the links of sect/nationality/whatever are simply not as important as much more fundamental human issues.. things that really affect everyone regardless of where we are.. and we’re really getting there.. i’m a bit optimistic.. like unusually so in that matter.. but i think we can really create much more of that
ie: signs (at lebanon protest) toward people chile et al.. if create more of those.. allow everyone everywhere.. i don’t want to paint too rosey a pic.. there will always be issues.. but at least allow people to be more motivated..
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin (@ASE) tweeted at 6:35 AM on Fri, Oct 18, 2019:
“The people demand the fall of the regime” https://t.co/cYvViyFJ7o
protests et al
Another instagram account, Open Houses Lebanon, has been set up by some wonderful people with details from those able to provide somewhere to stay for those in need because of the Beirut blast.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/josephwillits/status/1290956374881509376
300,000, over half of beirut https://t.co/lmaZr0Ntfp
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/joeyayoub/status/1290957866275426304
Up to 300,000 left homeless by Beirut blast: governor – Cost of damage from blast tops $3 bn: governor – Damage extends over half of city: governor
Beirut’s blast, writes Oz Katerji, is the work of gross incompetence, endemic corruption, and negligence—and its impact will spread far beyond the initial explosion.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/ForeignPolicy/status/1291280603497803778
lebanon’s chernobyl –
While details are still emerging, the official story from Lebanese authorities is that a warehouse fire ignited a seized shipment of ammonium nitrate, impounded from a ship at the port in 2013 and seemingly left there ever since.
Chernobyl was not just the story of a disastrous testing accident in a Soviet nuclear power plant. It was the product of how endemic arrogance, negligence, careerism, and authoritarianism created a system that allowed that disaster. It was the Soviet Union in a microcosm, a deadly outcrop of decades of political failure and negligence that would ultimate help bring down the entire nation. The handful of local officials convicted and sentenced were guilty enough—but they weren’t the ultimate culprits.
Likewise, the story of the Beirut warehouse blasts is not one of a construction accident leading to a tragedy. It’s the tale of how a gang of warlords carved up a country and governed with prejudice, incompetence, and a total indifference to human suffering while robbing a helpless and defenseless population blind.
More detail here from @AP than I’ve yet seen elsewhere on how the ammonium nitrate wound up in #Beirut port. Authorities knew it was dangerous since at least 2015. Why, then, was it not moved somewhere safer, or sold, or destroyed? https://t.co/TqWYuHKG0U #Lebanon
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/alexjrowell/status/1291651040157327360
I feel like Beirut is already slipping from the headlines. My timeline is alive with reports about what’s going on there, but wider coverage is weakening. Imagine if half of London, Paris or New York was virtually wiped out? 300,000 people were made homeless OVERNIGHT
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/JamesAALongman/status/1292379188440309760