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The Revolution Post-Explosion – A letter from #Lebanon

WHEN  I first saw the videos, I thought they were a hoax.  It didn’t register in my brain that an explosion of that magnitude could have happened in Beirut. It seemed like an end, like an apocalypse; everyone must be dead. Then, as I checked WhatsApp groups and called friends, I confirmed that everyone I was close to was, in fact, still alive. Even after an end it is never the end, and time keeps on going. That is what apocalyptic thinking fails to take into account. The end does not come in one fell swoop, no wiping the slate clean and starting over. There are only a series of mini-catastrophes that compile one onto the other and you have to build on top of the shit and rubble of the previous events, negotiating your way towards a hazy horizon. The best you can hope for is not a new beginning, but the opportunity to pivot, to ground yourself in the political movement in order to gain momentum and change direction. Somehow I always thought that that opportunity, the opportunity to dig our collective heels into the current moment and swivel away from the direction of the inferno, that that collective decision would be the result of a self-generated popular will. It wasn’t. It was the result of an event that forced us – forced us against our will – to adapt and respond to a vacuum whose existence we, as a Revolution, had previously announced, but that now had revealed itself to us all too clearly, whether we wanted it to or not.

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#Lebanon: The bomb won’t stop exploding

Lebanon. Soon calm will return and everything will resume its course. As if the explosion did not take place. Why “as if”? It just didn’t happen. Because it has happened many times before and will happen many times again.

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The #Lebanon Disaster: A Metaphor for Modern Capitalism

Libanon. There is now “a state of emergency” in Beirut. No, not to deal with the devastating explosion in its port which left 200 people dead or missing, over 6,000 injured and 300,000 homeless. The “state of emergency” is to protect the political and economic elite from the anger of the Lebanese population who were already on their knees before the explosion on 4 August.

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#Lebanon: The state of things

Lebanon. Will the confinement and the ceasefire get the better of the Lebanese uprising? Will the omnipresence of security be able to bridge the chasm into which the population seems to sink deeper every day? These are, in any case, the questions that Ghassan Salhab asks from Beirut.

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Chronicles from #Lebanon’s revolution

Lebanon. Since October 17, 2019, Lebanon has been living at the rhythm of an uprising targeting both the political class and a moribund economic regime. As elsewhere, the spread of the virus and the health emergency measures first put an end to the contestation. On March 21, Megaphone media released a video titled “Tripoli: Expect to Meet Us After the Corona.” (Watch video below) The extreme deterioration of the economic situation and the total lack of resources encountered by a large number of inhabitants following confinement have finally advanced this prognosis. Despite a quarantine in effect until the 10th of May, movements are taking to the streets, and once again targeting banks that are crystallising discontent. And again, the city of Tripoli has occupied a unique place, and this since the beginning of the uprising. On April 27, the army, which is actively involved in the repression, killed a young man, Fawaz Fouad Samman, whose death only increased popular anger.

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Unrest in #Lebanon

Once more protests have broken out in Lebanon over the ongoing crisis there, with soaring inflation and rising food prices. On Monday night, banks and ATMS were attacked in the northern city of Tripoli. A demonstrator in his 20s was shot dead. The following night banks had their windows smashed and were set on fire. The police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets, being answered by stone throwing by demonstrators.

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#Lebanon: The Revolution Four Months in

massive uprising broke out in Lebanon on October 17, 2019, drawing people together across sectarian lines to reject the domination of warlord oligarchs. Four months later, the unrest continues—amid efforts to crush, tame, or redirect it. How can an understanding of Lebanese history help us understand the situation? What can we learn from the Lebanese uprising that could inform struggles against capitalism, sectarianism, and the state worldwide?

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Interview with #Kafeh, Anarchist Movement in #Lebanon

Kafeh, the anarchist movement in Lebanon, has been active in the ongoing revolutionary uprising against the Lebanese state and its capitalist economic policies. We interviewed Kafeh for their perspective on the protests and anarchist organizing in Lebanon.

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Revolutionaries Clash with Security Forces as Protests Escalate in #Lebanon

Revolutionaries threw stones and molotovs at security forces and set fire to banks in Beirut, Lebanon over the weekend, as over 460 people were injured in the two days of protests.

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