How the Beirut explosion was a government failure

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And why Lebanon is on the verge of collapse.

On August 4, 2020, a massive explosion rocked Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon. The blast occurred when sparks in a warehouse hit a stockpile of ammonium nitrate — a highly explosive material — that was stored in the city's port. It was one of the largest accidental explosions in history and it couldn't have occurred at a worse time for Lebanon.

For the past several years, the country has been sliding into an economic depression and a political crisis. The root causes began during the country's 20-year civil war and extend to the organization of the government, in which control is divided among the country's many religious sects.

After years of corruption and negligence, Lebanon's people are now stuck picking up the pieces.

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Carnegie Endowment:

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Financial Times:

Mohamad Bazzi / Foreign Affairs:

Dion Nissenbaum, Nazih Osseiran, Georgi Kantchev and Benoit Faucon / The Wall Street Journal:

💬 Comments on the video

“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”
― Confucius

Author — Question Everything — Thought Provoking Ideas


Poor countries don't have a poverty problem. They have a government problem.

Author — Harry Barodawala


The people who disliked this video are actually the Lebanese government

Author — Totally not a Crow


This is why separation of church and state is important in a democracy.

Author — Andrew Galan


Nothing is more permanent than a temporary solution

Author — dhava


This is why people aren't donating directly to the Lebanese Government but to the People of Lebanon through NGOs. Support the people, not the government and help stir the change for a better Lebanon. A better Lebanon means a better world for all of us. 🌲🌍

Author — Harbind Brar


The lebanese government is corrupt and disgusting feeding off the corpse of the unfortunate and weak
As a Lebanese person, I am ashamed of the people we call our leaders

Author — Zomi


Our “”government”” is made up of warlords and criminals that have been destroying my country for 45 years. Still up to this day and despite the massacre that happened no one is yet found to be responsible for what happened. Unfortunately the Lebanese ppl are held captive inside their own country by mafia and terrorist groups

Author — adam


Looking at history, anytime you divide people or a country up based on religious groups, it always always ends badly.

Author — Grant Fitch


Moral of the story.

"Keep religion out of politics"

Author — Abbas Haidari


The Dust Filled streets remind me of 9/11. R.I.P To lives lost in beirut, And in 9/11.

Author — John F. Kennedy


How is this not an example of how the Lebanese government is pretty much useless

Author — Tmg Clips


It's almost like a handful of people controlling the money of a whole country never turns out fair. Who knew!?

Author — psimon


Greed and religion mixed together into the government? Yikes.

Author — Cat Without A Name


This video is phenomenal. Such a terrific, concise explanation. Bravo.

Author — Sam Speer


Long story short: Lebanese government is so corrupt that they can't take care of basic functions like waste disposal. (They also tried to use a Ponzi scheme.)

Author — Alisa


Lebanese government is a failure, yet they are still in power.

Author — colt


This is where South Africa is headed if corruption in government system is not stopped

Author — Thabang Mokoena


Ah yes, nothing like political corruption, mass poverty’s, and governments blaming others for there own mistakes and the problems they caused.

Author — Thecrippled Pancake


And this doesn't even mention the immense strain the Syrian refugee crisis has put on

Author — tobeylee18