Oppressive Blackouts Force Lebanese to Change Rhythm of Life

With electricity coming on at random times, and for only an hour or two a day, residents have had to find coping strategies — including doing laundry and charging everything they can after midnight.

#beirut-lebanon, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #electric-light-and-power, #lebanon, #power-failures-and-blackouts

Kamal Mouzawak Is Championing Lebanon’s Culinary Traditions

At home and now in Paris, Kamal Mouzawak empowers Lebanese communities through food. Not even the horrific port blast in 2020 has stopped him.

#beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #food, #paris-france, #philanthropy, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-and-vacations, #world-central-kitchen

32 Years After Civil War, Mundane Moments Trigger Awful Memories

Cards. Candles. Sunsets. For this New York Times correspondent and other children of Beirut in the 1980s, traumatic reminders of the war are still there in everyday activities.

#beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #cards-and-card-games, #families-and-family-life, #lebanon, #memory, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Etel Adnan, Lebanese American Author and Artist, Dies at 96

Her novel about a kidnapping in Lebanon has become a classic of war literature. She was in her 80s when her art started to draw international attention.

#adnan-etel, #beirut-lebanon, #books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #night-book, #poetry-and-poets, #sitt-marie-rose-book

Living on the Edge, Literally: Homes Perched on Cliffs

It takes some creative engineering — and a bit of daredevil spirit — to build a house that is truly waterside.

#architecture, #beirut-lebanon, #engineering-and-engineers, #greece, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rock-and-stone, #spain

How Corruption Ruined Lebanon

The deadly port blast, the triple-digit inflation, the energy shortages — Lebanon’s many crises have a shared root: misrule by a self-dealing elite.

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Lebanon Observes Day of Mourning After Sectarian Clashes Kill 6

Beirut’s streets were quiet a day after gun battles between Christian and Shiite Muslim militias erupted amid tensions over an investigation into the port explosion last year.

#beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #funerals-and-memorials, #hezbollah, #lebanon, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government

Deadly Clashes in Beirut Escalate Fears Over Lebanon’s Dysfunction

The fighting further traumatized the small Mediterranean country, a patchwork of sects that has tumbled into an abyss of devastating political and economic crises.

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Electricity Is Restored in Lebanon, as Army Supplies Emergency Fuel

It was a temporary reprieve for a grid that has been supplying only a few hours of electricity per day, as Lebanon’s collapsing economy struggles to import fuel.

#beirut-lebanon, #electric-light-and-power, #lebanon, #politics-and-government

Lebanon’s Economy Has Collapsed. And So Has Our Way of Life.

The standards by which “normal” or “acceptable” living conditions are measured have long been discarded.

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As Lebanon’s Crisis Deepens, Lines for Fuel Grow, and Food and Medicine Are Scarce

The World Bank said the financial crisis could rank among the world’s three worst since the mid-1800s. The currency has lost more than 90 percent of its value and unemployment has skyrocketed.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #drugstores, #financial-crisis, #lebanon, #politics-and-government, #world-bank

Lebanon Removes Judge Investigating Beirut Blast

The removal of Judge Fadi Sawan, who had been investigating the port explosion for months, was a setback to those seeking justice for the deadly blast that tore through Beirut.

#beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #diab-hassan-1959, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hezbollah, #sawan-fadi

2 Americans Tied to Carlos Ghosn’s Escape to Be Extradited to Japan

The Supreme Court denied a bid by a father and son to block their extradition. They face trial on charges they helped Japan’s most famous criminal defendant flee to Lebanon.

#beirut-lebanon, #extradition, #fugitives, #ghosn-carlos, #japan, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #taylor-michael-private-security-contractor, #taylor-peter-maxwell

Bassam Saba, Renowned Proponent of Arabic Music, Dies at 62

A skilled multi-instrumentalist, Mr. Saba co-founded the New York Arabic Orchestra and directed Lebanon’s national conservatory of music. He died of complications of Covid-19.

#beirut-lebanon, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #lebanon, #music, #saba-bassam-1958-2020

Stateless, She Became the Face of a Largely Invisible Plight

Maha Mamo had no citizenship. Born in Lebanon of Syrian parents, she was ineligible for either nationality. It took her years of perseverance, some lucky breaks and a painful loss to find a homeland — in Brazil.

#beirut-lebanon, #brazil, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #content-type-personal-profile, #immigration-and-emigration, #maha-mamo, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

Lebanese Officials Try to Limit Inquiry Into Deadly Beirut Blast

Months after a huge explosion in Beirut’s port, the investigation has become mired in politics as powerful forces band together to block efforts to hold leaders accountable.

#aoun-michel-1935, #beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #corruption-institutional, #diab-hassan-1959, #explosions-accidental, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #hezbollah, #immunity-from-prosecution, #lebanon, #politics-and-government

Hezbollah Member Sentenced in Absentia in Hariri Assassination

A United Nations-backed tribunal in The Hague handed down the symbolic life sentence in connection with the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri.

#ayyash-salim, #beirut-lebanon, #defense-and-military-forces, #hariri-rafik, #hezbollah, #lebanon, #terrorism, #united-nations

Lebanon Prime Minister Charged With Negligence in Beirut Blast

An investigating judge named the caretaker prime minister, Hassan Diab, a suspect, a significant step toward holding the top levels of power accountable in the August explosion that killed 200.

#ali-hassan-khalil, #beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #corruption-institutional, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #diab-hassan-1959, #ghazi-zaiter, #internal-storyline-no, #lebanon, #politics-and-government, #youssef-finianos

Ditching the Turkey: Thanksgiving Memories (and Misadventures) of Reporters Abroad

Some of our international journalists have gone to great lengths trying to bring a taste of home to their new locations. But it hasn’t always worked out.

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Lebanese Politician Allied With Hezbollah

The action continued the administration’s efforts to dial up pressure against Tehran before the end of President Trump’s term.

#beirut-lebanon, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hezbollah, #pompeo-mike, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Beirut Blast Shattered Her Masterpieces. Now, the Rebuilding Starts.

Over three decades as Lebanon’s premier stained-glass artist, Maya Husseini advanced a fragile medium in a country prone to violent shocks. Then came the big one.

#art, #beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #content-type-personal-profile, #husseini-maya, #stained-glass

‘Call Me a Dreamer’: A Shattered Beirut Neighborhood Rebuilds

Many worry that a full recovery won’t be possible, but residents of one of Beirut’s most diverse and cosmopolitan areas are moving back in and trying to repair the damage from the August explosion.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #lebanon

New Fire Erupts in Beirut Port, Weeks After Devastating Blast

Videos taken at the scene showed flames engulfing an already damaged warehouse in the port and a thick plume of smoke rising from the area.

#beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #fires-and-firefighters

Searchers Find No Sign of Survivor in Beirut Rubble

The searchers said there were no new indications that anyone was alive in the rubble of a historic house that was destroyed by the blast, despite possible signs of life reported earlier.

#beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #rescues

Rescue Dog and Hopes of a Miracle Captivate Ravaged Beirut

A search squad from Chile and its dog Flash discovered what appeared to be a heartbeat underneath debris from the Aug. 4 port blast.

#accidents-and-safety, #beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #chile, #rescues

Desperate to Leave Beirut, Young Lebanese Are Also the Ones Fixing It

The young people leading the huge volunteer effort after the recent blast are bringing hope, but have lost it themselves. “I want to at least have Beirut on its feet before I go,” one said.

#beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #bombs-and-explosives, #lebanon, #politics-and-government, #volunteers-and-community-service, #youth

The Israel-U.A.E. Deal and the Beirut Blast Both Box in Iran

With Arab neighbors more worried about Iran than Israel, is Tehran losing the battle for influence in the region?

#beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #france, #hezbollah, #international-relations, #israel, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #netanyahu-benjamin, #rouhani-hassan, #security-council-un, #united-states-international-relations, #zarif-mohammad-javad

Beirut’s Shiites Like the Idea of Change, but Like Hezbollah More

In a Shiite stronghold, people agree that the political system is dysfunctional and needs replacing, but not if that means Hezbollah ceding its power.

#beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #corruption-institutional, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hezbollah, #lebanon, #politics-and-government, #shiite-muslims

Lebanon’s Parliament Confirms State of Emergency, Extending Army Power

Parliamentary approval of the measures for Beirut, which last until Aug. 21 but can be renewed, has raised concerns about civil liberties.

#beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #corruption-institutional, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hariri-saad, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government

Could the Beirut Explosion Be a Turning Point for Lebanon?

Chronic corruption must be rooted out.

#aoun-michel-1935, #beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #deaths-fatalities, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #politics-and-government

Beirut’s Youngest Cancer Patients Lose Care Options After Blast

Many children undergoing chemotherapy in Lebanon now have nowhere to turn for treatment after an explosion destroyed hospitals and wiped out medicine stockpiles.

#beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #chemotherapy, #children-and-childhood, #hospitals, #lebanon, #parenting

U.S. Contractor Knew of Explosive Material in Beirut Since at Least 2016

An American contractor spotted and reported the potential danger at least four years ago, but U.S. officials denied they were aware of the findings until last week, after the blast.

#accidents-and-safety, #ammonium-nitrate, #beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #deaths-fatalities, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #united-states-international-relations

Lebanon’s Government Set to Resign, Minister Announces, After Beirut Blast

Cabinet members are expected to step down amid anger over the devastating explosion last week in Beirut, according to the country’s health minister.

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Beirut Blast Hit 3 Disparate Neighborhoods. Now They’re United in Rage.

The demands for a change in Lebanon’s leadership are growing louder.

#accidents-and-safety, #beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #corruption-institutional, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hezbollah, #lebanon

Beirut’s Blast Is a Warning for America

In this country, as in Lebanon, everything is now politics.

#beirut-lebanon, #middle-east, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

After Beirut Explosion, Protests Erupt as Lebanon’s Anger Boils Over

The demonstration was fueled by fury over the corruption and negligence of the country’s ruling elite. Security forces fired tear gas to push back the protesters.

#aoun-michel-1935, #beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #gheit-ahmed-aboul, #hezbollah, #lebanon, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #nasrallah-hassan, #united-nations

As Lebanon Reels, Long-Awaited Hariri Assassination Verdicts Loom

A U.N.-backed court will soon pronounce verdicts in a 15-year-old bombing in Beirut that roiled the Middle East. But critics say the court’s protracted deliberations and huge expense have undermined its original purpose.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #hariri-rafik, #hezbollah, #lebanon, #special-tribunal-for-lebanon, #terrorism, #united-nations

Beirut on the Potomac

The American spirit gets a Lebanese makeover.

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Lebanon Faces Humanitarian Crisis After Beirut Explosion, U.N. Says

The United Nations warning came as President Michel Aoun said the investigation into the deadly explosion in Beirut would examine if “external interference” played a role.

#aoun-michel-1935, #beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #corruption-institutional, #geneva-switzerland, #humanitarian-aid, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #united-nations, #world-food-program, #world-health-organization

Ship Blamed in Beirut Explosion Hasn’t Sailed in 7 Years. We Found It.

The explosive material responsible for the Aug. 4 blast in Beirut was carried there by the ailing cargo ship Rhosus in 2013. Here’s what happened next.

#beirut-lebanon, #freight-cargo, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #new-york-times, #satellites, #ships-and-shipping

A Promising Life Is Cut Short, Becoming a Symbol of Lebanon’s Heartache

Sahar Fares, a 24-year-old paramedic, was planning her wedding. Instead, her family held her funeral after she died in the explosion that tore through Beirut.

#beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #deaths-fatalities, #fires-and-firefighters, #funerals-and-memorials, #weddings-and-engagements

‘Now You Are Going to Die’: Beirut Bride Recounts Moment of Blast [Video]

Israa Seblani was posing for her wedding video when the camera captured the instant a deadly blast tore through the city.

#beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #lebanon

Beirut Bride’s Wedding Video Records Explosion

Israa Seblani was posing for her wedding video when the camera captured the instant a deadly blast tore through the city.

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After Beirut Explosion, Funerals and Fury

International rescue teams raced to Lebanon to help in the search for survivors of a huge explosion. But with evidence that government negligence played a role, public anger swelled.

#accidents-and-safety, #beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #deaths-fatalities, #mediterranean-sea

The Day That Shook Beirut

Our reporter in the Lebanese capital was injured in the huge blast. This is what happened to her when “everything seemed to come apart.”

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Blame for Beirut Explosion Begins With a Leaky, Troubled Ship

The bleak tale of an indebted cargo vessel and its disgruntled crew is where a story of chronic negligence starts. It ended Tuesday in a giant explosion.

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As Smoke Clears in Beirut, Shock Turns to Anger

As residents picked up the pieces, many saw the explosion as the culmination of years of mismanagement and neglect by Lebanon’s political leaders.

#accidents-and-safety, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #politics-and-government, #ships-and-shipping

What Is Ammonium Nitrate, Blamed in the Beirut Explosion?

In ordinary circumstances, ammonium nitrate is fertilizer. But when placed under stress of heat and pressure, it acts like a bomb.

#ammonium-nitrate, #beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #fertilizer, #lebanon

The Beirut Explosions: It Sounded Like the World Was Breaking Open

After the explosions at the Beirut port, an immense rage rises against the corrupt and incompetent political class that has ruled for so long.

#accidents-and-safety, #aoun-michel-1935, #beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #corruption-institutional, #hezbollah, #politics-and-government, #shortages

What Footage of the Beirut Explosion Tells Us About the Blast

The videos offer clues into the blast’s cause and the strength of its destructive power.

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