This week marked the anniversary of the explosion, which destroyed large parts of Beirut in August 2020. The subsequent demonstrations estimatetly brought up to 1,6 million people on the streets, about one quarter of the country´s population. Much violence wasn´t seen during the protests, the sorrow, pain and resignation overwhelmed.
Tag: Lebanon history
Corruption in Lebanon
One off the many deficits in Lebanon is the all-embracing corruption. But why is the country so attached to it? One of the main reasons is certainly the system of government. After the devastating civil war, people were looking for a different way to stabilise the country. The pure number of different confessions gave path… Continue reading Corruption in Lebanon
An Illusion of a Country
In Lebanon, the country itself has never been the highest reason. The confessions, foreign powers, money, family, everything is more important than the existence of the state. The country is an illusion, and it takes creative people to keep this alive. A country is being created „I was searching for Algeria in History, but I… Continue reading An Illusion of a Country
A Colonie – but for whom?
Lebanon can hardly be seen as a full-scale state. To powerful are several militias, too little interest is there from the political and economical elites. Foreign countries taken more and more responsabilities of the state, NGO´s, United Nations and Western nations, neighbors from Arabia, Turkey and Iran. Where will this destruction of the state leads… Continue reading A Colonie – but for whom?
Riyadhs Road to Beirut
Towards the East?
Lebanon was, for most of its history, oriented towards the West, the Mediterranean and later the european nations. Could it be, that in times of a rising China and an expansionary Iran, the country will change it focuse and looks in the East instead? Should Iran be capable to fulfill its dream and gonne establish… Continue reading Towards the East?
Two States in one
Who ever had the opportunity to travel to the Beqaa Valley, like I had today, will soon have realised just how difficult it is to hold control over a state like Lebanon. The coast of Lebanon has always been a place to trade and exchange between different countries and empires. Tyros, Saida, Byblos or Tripolis… Continue reading Two States in one