PEPE ESCOBAR—Yet Macron, the IMF and their “partners” are only interested in keeping monetary “stability”; seduce speculative foreign capital; make sure that the rapacious, Western-connected Lebanese oligarchy will get away with murder; and on top of it buy scores of Lebanese assets for peanuts.
SYRIA & LEBANON
MIDDLE EASTSYRIA & LEBANONUS EXCEPTIONALISMUS GOVERNMENT CRIMES
GHASSAN KADI—For readers interested in my take and analysis on Lebanon’s recent history in a more detailed but concise narrative, they can go to this reference. In brief, Grand Liban (Greater Lebanon) was created by the French under the demand of the then Maronite Patriarch Howayyek in 1920. It was meant to give Lebanese Christians a sense of security, and to be a neutral country in the Middle East; with a Western outlook. This article will not discuss the geopolitical changes that have happened since. They are in the link above. That said, with the many changes over the last century, the situation in Lebanon has become untenable.
AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISMIMPERIALISMIMPERIALIST FRONTSIRANISRAELI EXCEPTIONALISMSYRIA & LEBANON
ELIJAH MAGNIER—Ammonium Nitrate has many properties, notably as a component of explosive mixtures (Mellor, 1922; Elvers 1989, Suslick 1992). Pure AN is very stable and should meet specified quality requirements to be used in the production of industrial explosives. According to the European Fertilizer Manufacturers Association, AN is especially difficult to detonate and does indeed need a substantial stimulus for this to happen. But it must be stored in a dry, well-ventilated and sealed storage area. Moreover, any electrical installation in the storage area must be resistant to ammonia vapour.
ABOMINATIONSAMERICAN BRAINWASHBOUGHT POLITICIANS & PHONIESCAPITALIST SICKNESSCAPITALIST SYSTEMIC POVERTYCAPITALIST TENTACLES & FRONTSSYRIA & LEBANONUS GOVERNMENT CRIMES
Geopolitical analyst Matthew Ehret takes aim at the recent Beirut blast, as horrific as it remains mysterious in origin. In the absence of hard evidence, conjectures and conspiracies are flying about, but, at least for the time being, a reasoned response is the best path out of this calamity. Soon, we hope, we may know the exact cause or author(s) of this tragedy.
AMERICAN BRAINWASHISRAELI EXCEPTIONALISMSYRIA & LEBANON
Pushback with Aaron Maté The catastrophic explosion in Beirut followed years of ignored warnings by government officials about the ammonium nitrate stored at the port. Lecturer and activist Rania Masri says that the disaster is the product of a corrupt, sectarian political system maintained by foreign powers. Guest: Rania Masri, lecturer and activist.