How the Beirut explosion brought Lebanon to the brink of collapse

The catastrophic blast was caused by nearly 3,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate carelessly stored in warehouse. (Subscribe:

But how come huge amounts of explosive chemicals are left lying around for six years in a busy, working port?

It’s not a question of ‘find the guilty men’, the whole Lebanese system is based on corruption, nepotism and negligence.

For many Lebanese, this is the final straw. They’ve been protesting against the government since last autumn, furious about the way the country is run by factions who divide power amongst themselves, and who have led Lebanon into a devastating economic crisis.

This is a country on the brink of collapse.

So what’s gone so badly wrong for Lebanon?


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