How the Beirut explosion was a government failure

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And why Lebanon is on the verge of collapse.

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On August 4, 2020, a massive explosion rocked Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon. The blast occurred when sparks in a warehouse hit a stockpile of ammonium nitrate — a highly explosive material — that was stored in the city’s port. It was one of the largest accidental explosions in history and it couldn’t have occurred at a worse time for Lebanon.

For the past several years, the country has been sliding into an economic depression and a political crisis. The root causes began during the country’s 20-year civil war and extend to the organization of the government, in which control is divided among the country’s many religious sects.

After years of corruption and negligence, Lebanon’s people are now stuck picking up the pieces.

Sources and additional reading:

New York Times Visual Investigations: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/05/world/middleeast/beirut-explosion-footage.html

Carnegie Endowment:
https://carnegieendowment.org/2016/05/16/unraveling-of-lebanon-s-taif-agreement-limits-of-sect-based-power-sharing-pub-63571

Ahmad Barclay:
https://twitter.com/bothness/status/1186967940178071552

The Economist:
https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2019/10/24/a-surge-of-public-anger-sends-lebanons-politicians-reeling

Ziad Abu-Rish / Jadaliyya:
https://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/33377

Triangle:
https://www.thinktriangle.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Extend_Pretend_Lebanons_Financial_House_of_Cards_2019.pdf

Financial Times:
https://ftalphaville.ft.com/2019/12/18/1576679115000/Understanding-the-Lebanese-financial-crisis/

Mohamad Bazzi / Foreign Affairs:
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/lebanon/2020-08-14/corrupt-political-class-broke-lebanon

Dion Nissenbaum, Nazih Osseiran, Georgi Kantchev and Benoit Faucon / The Wall Street Journal:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/behind-the-beirut-explosion-seven-years-of-official-neglect-11596842032

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