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#Lebanon #Beirut #BeirutExplosion #GarbishCrise

Beirut’s port explosion, which killed 212 people and obliterated large parts of the city on August 4, has put additional strains on Lebanon’s already compromised ability to manage its waste.
Image of a beach inKeserwan, north of Beirut, Lebanon, on 23 January 2018. The rubble and demolition debris alone vastly increased the daily volume of generated waste. Image
Additionally, the blast severely damaged two key sorting, recycling, and composting facilities in Karantina and Bourj Hammoud, as well as waste collection vehicles.
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Who is behind the resignation of #Lebanon PM Mustafa Diab? The answer is @saadhariri who badly wants to return to power but #SaudiArabia veto on him is preventing his return. Therefore, he "burns" all candidates he himself chooses until @EmmanuelMacron convinces the Saudi.
This is the first failure of #France's initiative and an indication to #Paris that it has little - not none - leverage in #Lebanon.

As I wrote in my previous articles, the #US did not give the green light to France to take over but within a specific framework: disarm #Hezbollah
Coz #France understands that #Hezbollah can't be disarmed (#Israel supported by the #US and #SaudiArabia tried by failed to achieve this objective), @EmmanuelMacron divided the problem by concentrating on forming a government first and left #Hezbollah's weapons to another stage.
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#Lebanon #Beirut #Coronavirus

Lebanon has had the highest number of new infections with the coronavirus in a single day since the pandemic began. The country's Ministry of Health in the Middle East reported 1,027 new cases.
According to the ministry, 21 of the cases were imported from abroad. This means that the total number of reported corona cases has increased to 32,819 since February 21. So far, 329 deaths related to Covid-19 disease have been registered in Lebanon.
The number of new infections has risen significantly since the explosion in the port of the capital Beirut on August 4, in which at least 190 people were killed. Due to the increase in the number of infections, Lebanon postponed the start of the new school year until October 12.
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This fellow, while still promoting the type of centralist, scale-blind Pol Sci BS cooked in 1960 Paris, w/the "Orientalism" misclassification that Edward Said (his uncle) helped to spread, ..., is finally getting that perhaps LOCALISM protects ALL minorities.
And of course this verbalism is cleaned up in the next book.…
To see why the discourse on Localism interests more people in #Lebanon than the one on scale-free universalist centralistic state,
FOR THE SAME PROGRAM: 45 viewers for EdwardSaidism
vs >28K for #Localism over abt the same period. Image
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By attacking #Iran overtly at the UN, #SaudiArabia helped #Tehran to take its gloves off & express directly & explicitly the nature of the Saudi regime and its sponsors of terrorism (AQ and ISIS). This will reflect upon Iran's allies: no more suave effort.
#SaudiArabia has been an ally of #Israel since 1980 but #Iran never wanted to break the relationship w/ Riyadh or overtly act against it as Saudi did. Fear of a sectarian war was greater & that kept Iran cautiously flirting w/ Saudi but confronting it in the field through allies.
Now that #SaudiArabia has lost its sectarian war in #Syria and #Iraq, is not (and shall not) managing to submit #Yemen, has lost its allies in #Lebanon where #Hezbollah (Iran ally) has won, #Riyadh is turning towards the #UN and wishes fight to the last American against #Iran.
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President Michel Aoun during United Nations General Assembly: I thank all of the heads of state who participated in the August 9 conference to support #Lebanon after Beirut explosion, and a special thanks to Pope Francis
Aoun: I salute Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for his continuous efforts at the helm of the international organization and for his efforts to help Lebanon after Beirut port explosion, in particular for organizing the Beirut Support Conference to mobilize donor pledges (1/2)
(2/2) and provide basic relief aid with the kind initiative of friendly French President Emmanuel Macron
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Video of Explosion in South #Lebanon at this hour, in town of Ayn Qana.

Early reports indicating gas station but now pointing to #Hezbollah weapons depot:
These incidents have been happening more often in the last three months along with tension in South (on Lebanon border with Israel)

The outgoing Government in Beirut has still not answered for the port explosion on Aug. 4 that shattered big part of city...
Reuters quoting Security source in #Lebanon: Explosion was at Hezbollah depot due to “technical error”
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#BREAKING: Explosion rocks village in southern #Lebanon, and clouds of dark smoke rose from the area
#WATCH: Huge plumes of smoke could be seen rising from the scene of the blast in #AinQana in South #Lebanon
#WATCH: It is not known what the cause of the fire or explosion was in #AinQana South #Lebanon
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#BREAKING: #Lebanese President @General_Aoun says forming new government does not seem likely to happen soon
#BREAKING: #Lebanon’s @General_Aoun says I propose cancelling sectarian quotas for sovereign ministries - Reuters
#Lebanese President @General_Aoun warns country will go to hell if it fails to form a government Image
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@dan_azzi was so successful in servicing #Iranian customers in #Dubai dodging sanctions, @StanChart promoted him for their #Hezbollah customers in #Lebanon. This is why Dan has never criticized #Hezbollah or the #Taliban. He's a #terrorist banker for hire.…
Further evidence @dan_azzi was complicit in #moneylaundering for #terrorists. The reason he sold @StanChart in #Lebanon is because of @BDL_Lebanon compliance in #FATCA which prevented CEO Dan in washing #Hezbollah money. Now you know why he hates @RiadSalemeh so much.
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#BREAKING: #Lebanon confirms 1,006 new #coronavirus cases and 11 more deaths
#BREAKING: #Indonesia reports 4,176 new #COVID19 cases, 124 deaths
#BREAKING: #UAE confirms 679 new #coronavirus cases, bringing total of infected people since the start of the pandemic to 85,595
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#BREAKING: @syriahr reports a total of 26,000 #coronavirus cases in #Syria and 1,330 fatalities
#BREAKING: Iran records 183 #coronavirus-linked deaths, and 3,097 new infections in the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 422,000 cases
#BREAKING: The UAE records 674 new #coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours
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1. #Lebanon is entering a very dark period with #COVID19, as we expected. The next 2-3 weeks will have more regular daily deaths of 10-20 people. Little can be done to change that. If nothing new happens, the weeks after that will be even worse.
**What is to be done?**
2. National lockdown? Ideal in some ways, but realistically unlikely. Compliance varies heavily, people exhausted by overlapping crises have limited compliance, central authorities have limited enforcement capacity.
Only alternative➡️Green Zone Strategy ...
3. Green-zoning would categorize Regions as Green/Yellow/Red, depending on #COVID19 community spread. Effectively, it means selectively imposing restrictions at sub-national level. Green zones have zero community transmission, life&work w.least restrictions, near-normal...
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#BREAKING: #SaudiArabia confirms 576 new #coronavirus cases, bringing total of infected people since start of the pandemic to 328,720
#BREAKING: #SaudiArabia confirms 1,145 new #coronavirus recoveries, bringing total of recovered people to 308,352 Image
#BREAKING: #SaudiArabia confirms 31 #coronavirus fatalities, increasing death toll to 4,430 Image
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Read about the efforts to help migrant domestic workers in #Lebanon:… #EndKafala
The return home to #Indonesia of Etty bint Toyib after 20 years in a #Saudi jail and a hefty ransom to guarantee her release, is a reminder of the horrors that migrant domestic workers are subjected to in the kingdom.…
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 09/17/2020…
The Great Reset | World Economic Forum

#WEF #reset
Five new giant radio galaxies discovered…

#astronomy #radio
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The U.S. has issued more sanctions against Hezbollah as efforts to form a new government in Lebanon were further hindered by the #Iran-backed group and its allies insisting on maintaining hold of the Finance Ministry portfolio.…
Why does #Iran's regime insist on Hezbollah maintaining a hold on #Lebanon's Finance Ministry?

Tehran needs this conduit to bypass U.S. sanctions through the Lebanese financial system as Washington intensifies its maximum pressure policy on the mullahs' regime.
The U.S. has also designated 45 individuals linked to #Iran's Intelligence Ministry based on "Counter Terrorism Designations; Iran/Cyber-related Designations."…
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#France Prsdt @EmmanuelMacron believes he has more chances to be re-elected if he "solves" the current crisis in #Lebanon. @wallacemick told me yesterday in a café that Macron may be re-elected only if he builds - metaphorically- a wall with #Turkey. Lebanon is the wrong path.
In fact, Macron maybe imitating President Trump who supports #Israel to get re-elected for a second term. But the Lebanese lobby in France doesn't have the weight needed. Moreover, #France is expected to fail in its attempt to force a government to its liking in #Beirut.
I don't understand why #France can't understand that Speaker Berri & #Hezbollah shld facilitate the French initiative when #Paris is an accomplice with the US in mounting the number of sanctions on the duo group that, along with its allies, are the strongest at the parliament.
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🚨 More US sanctions on #Lebanon coming in less than an hour, multiple sources told @TheNationalUAE .

Gov. formation efforts are hitting roadblocks in Beirut. More to come...
Hearing sanctions are mostly #Hezbollah-centered. #Lebanon
One #Hezbollah individual and companies affiliated with the party will be targeted, @HibaNasr reporting. Official release from US Treasury should come before top of the hour:
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Lebanon: Remarks by the High Representative / Vice-President Josep Borrell at the EP plenary - European External Action Service!Gw88VN
#Lebanon: read properly what #Europe can give you and stop dreaming.
"We allocate the resources we have (63 million), but you know that we are at the end of the financial perspective, and as long as we do not have new resources, we cannot do more than what we are doing.
The #Beirut Harbour explosion damage is estimated between $8 billion and $12 Billion
#Lebanon deficit is between $81 billion and $110 billion

Europe can give you proudly: $63 million.

Are you still counting on foreign support and we are coming to the end of the year 2020?
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