Lebanon’s condition moves toward critical

Lebanon’s coast is an environmental disaster due to sewage and garbage
Jan. 23, 2018: Volunteers collecting garbage on the beach at Keserwan, in east Beirut. Refuse and untreated sewage have closed Lebanon’s coast to swimming (source: dpa)
  • Hezbollah’s dominance continues to paralyze the Lebanese state
  • Foreign interference has intensified recently from Syria, Israel and Saudi Arabia
  • The government cannot cope with collapsing services and ecological disaster

Lebanon has come a long way in the past 50 years – and not for the better. The country that UNESCO classified in 1973 as the second-most literate in the world could boast of world-class poets, artists, architects, engineers and doctors, not to mention mechanics who could repair anything on wheels. Today, almost nothing works. The country’s economy, politics, military, health-care system, food, ecology and even the air it breathes – practically everything is toxic.

It is difficult to say which of these truly grave problems is the most acute. Most of them, however, stem from the same cause.

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