Kareem Chehayeb writes: A year after a massive explosion at Beirut Port devastated the Lebanese capital, the victims’ grieving families are still waiting for answers, accountability and justice. More than 200 people were killed and 6,500 wounded when hundreds of tonnes of highly explosive ammonium nitrate fertiliser stored in the port for six years ignited on August 4, 2020, in what was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history.
Carmen Geha writes: The magnitude, nature, and timing of the August 2020 Beirut port explosion could not have been worse for Lebanon’s faltering economy, pandemic-plagued hospitals, and crushed revolution.
Euractiv writes: The European Union on Monday (26 July) urged Lebanon’s political elite to form a government without delay, following the nomination of Lebanese businessman Najib Mikati to be designated as prime minister.
go to Euractiv: EU calls on Lebanon to form government quickly – EURACTIV.com
Al Jazeera writes: Iraq has signed an agreement allowing the cash-strapped Lebanese government to pay for 1 million tonnes of heavy fuel oil a year in goods and services, helping Lebanon ease its acute power shortage, the two sides said on Saturday.
go to Al Jazeera website: Lebanese MPs accused of Beirut blast ‘cover up’ over trial move | Beirut explosion News | Al Jazeera
For the first time in more than 10 years, Khaled Abou Sleiman recently stopped driving his public ride-share van from the northern province Akkar to Beirut every day, saying he struggled to cover his vehicle’s skyrocketing running costs. In fact, he said he loses more money driving the van than by staying at home without work. Oil and tyre changes, and other maintenance costs for vehicles have fallen out of reach for many drivers as Lebanon’s currency continues to tumble from its official rate of about 1,500 pounds to the US dollar.
go to Al Jazeera website: Lebanon’s public ride-share drivers fear livelihood crash | Business and Economy News | Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera writes: In the third episode of Generation Change, we travel to Lebanon to see how young organisers are mobilising to halt one of the most serious economic and political crises in Lebanon’s history. Karim Safieddine is an activist and leading member of MADA, Lebanon’s first youth-led political movement. Azza el-Masri is a journalist and media researcher specialising in disinformation and its effects on sectarianism. In this episode, presented by Luna Safwan, Karim and Azza discuss Lebanon’s political gridlock, the August 4 Beirut blast, as well as strategies to end corruption and dismantle the sectarian power-sharing system.
go to Al Jazeera website: Lebanon: Can youth bring about radical reform? | Business and Economy | Al Jazeera
Jacques Neriah writes for JCPOA: For months, Lebanon has been enduring a dire economic situation to such an extent that Lebanon’s middle class has been wiped out. The country finds itself in extreme poverty, with the “former middle class” making up part of the 50% of Lebanese who have fallen into poverty in the last year. Today, Lebanon experiences shortages in every field of life: empty gasoline stations, barely a few hours of electricity a day, no baby formula, cancellation of night landings at the Beirut International airport for lack of electricity on the runways, and no medical supplies, forcing hospitals to refuse admissions and to close clinics. Physicians are leaving the country by the hundreds, as are all those who can afford to flee from Lebanon.
go to the analysis: Lebanon Stands at the Abyss (jcpa.org)