By Andre Vltchek for Dissident Voice. Lebanon cannot stand on its feet, anymore. It is overwhelmed, frightened and broke. It stands on the frontline, facing the ISIS in the east and north, a hostile Israel in the south and the deep blue sea to the west. 1.5 million (mostly Syrian) refugees are dispersed all over its tiny territory. Its economy is collapsing and infrastructure crumbling. The ISIS is right at the border with Syria, literally next door, or even with one foot inside Lebanon, periodically invading, and setting up countless “dormant cells” in all Lebanese cities and all over its countryside. Hezbollah is fighting the ISIS, but the West and Saudi Arabia apparently consider Hezbollah, not the ISIS, to be the major menace to their geopolitical interests.
By Josh Wood in The National – For 20-year-old Ali Obeid, the decision to join Lebanon’s anti-government protests two months ago was simple. He was sitting at his home in Beirut during one of the early demonstrations when another long summer power cut set in. Aware of the protest and figuring that the heat outside couldn’t be that much more miserable than in his home, he took to the streets that day. “Maybe I could tell them we need electricity for air conditioning,” he recalls thinking. The You Stink protest movement began two months ago after rubbish piled up in the streets of the capital when the Lebanese government failed to find an alternative way to dispose of Beirut’s waste after Naameh – the nation’s largest landfill – shut on July 17. The call of the demonstrators broadened as people like Mr Obeid brought other demands for basic services that were lacking, such as water and electricity. Others railed about corruption.
By Andre Vltchek in Information Clearing House – 24 hours after the concert, a crowd clashed with the Lebanese security forces in the center of Beirut, near the government palace. Dozens were injured and on 24 August, it was reported that one person died in the hospital. The “You stink” movement first organized the protests. Thousands of people hit the streets in response to an ongoing garbage crisis, which, according to many, has made the already difficult life in Beirut almost unbearable. “You Stink”! For 18 years, the government was unable (or unwilling) to build a permanent garbage-recycling site. For 18 years, poor villagers near the “provisory” garbage dumping grounds were suffering, getting poisoned, dying from unusually high level of cancer and from respiratory diseases. Then, finally, they said “Halas! Enough.”