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"beirut" Discussed on The Trip
"Been thinking here. In beirut about the many-sided gifts that america has given to the middle east. There's the bad sometimes. Quite cynical. And even evil stuff cluster bombing saudi hoodlums were propping up supporting the worst instincts of israel's politics. There's plenty to regret past present and probably future but tucked inside of those exports of empire. Sort of the opposite of a poison pill. There's also this wonderful counter programming an exported american liberalism a real an instinctual belief in free speech. That is a beacon for a lot of people over.
Suez Canal Traffic Backlog Finally Cleared Following The Ever Given Saga
"Is now over with the last of them making their way through. Just today is not a Homsi reports, Hundreds of them had been stuck by the grounding of a massive container ship. The final ships have passed through the Suez, clearing the vital artery for passage five days after the ever given was dislodged from the canal, Egypt's Canal Authority said Saturday. International supply chains were held up for over a week when the skyscraper sized ever given run aground in the Suez in mid March. Leaving over 400 ships stuck in the canal. Special rescue teams were dispatched to free the container ship in an operation that lasted nearly a week. The grounding of the ever given became an international crisis as vital container ships could not continue their passage. Spending billions of dollars worth of maritime commerce for NPR news. I'm not a home see in Beirut.
A Modern Day Escape From Egypt
"When people ask me where my home is I find it quite hard to unser but i originally come from south sudan. That's that's that's where. I know. I come from but i don't really know where my home is. That's christina christina zia. She's tall has bleached cut hair. Dark skin and fierce is. That somehow don't seem to match shyness of her smile. She's nineteen years old but listening to her. You'd think she was much older. Or maybe i should say much more mature. I just feel. I've been so many places and every time they tried to call a. Place my hall. It was snatched away from me. Christina was born a refugee in fact. She's what un agencies call a second generation refugee and as is the case with many other refugees. It's hard to know where exactly to start her story. I could go all the way back to one thousand nine hundred ninety eight. When christina's parents to clean and philip took their three year old first born daughter viola and fled war-torn sudan. Search of a safer future this time might genocide could attorney typically begin in beirut lebanon where the bas wound up and where in two thousand and one christina was born or else i could fast forward a few years and starred in maadi a bustling suburb of cairo where christina spent her early child but instead i'm going to open with a scene which to christina to felt like a true beginning a modern day exodus from egypt. It's june two thousand and seven and wearing the sinai peninsula. It's pitch black night bedouin. Smugglers have just instructed. Six year old christina twelve-year-old viola. Their father they're pregnant mother and a few dozen other sudanese asylum seekers to climb onto the back of rickety pickup truck and they covered us. And they're like don't make any noise and If you do it will be problem to us and t- you of so just don't risk
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad tests positive for Covid-19
"President Bashar al Assad and his wife have tested positive for the coronavirus, not a home. Z reports from Beirut that a statement from the Syrian government says both are showing minor symptoms. The president and first lady will quarantine in their home for the next 2 to 3 weeks, according to a statement carried by state news.
Prominent Hezbollah critic found dead in his car in Lebanon
"Author, also an outspoken critic of Hezbollah spent founded the News of Look. Lynn Slim staff has been another big shock to the Lebanese people, just as they were marking six months on from the devastating blast in Beirut. Mr. Slim was reported missing by his family last night. He was found according to security sources, with two bullets in his head in his car this morning in the south of Lebanon on investigation has been opened into his death. In his writings and media appearances. Mr. Slim, who was himself from a prominent Shia family had regularly criticized his villa his reported to have received threats on to have asked for police protection last year, the BBC Sebastian Usher Iran's
Lebanese judge charges caretaker PM in August port explosion
"The Lebanese prosecutor probing last summer's politics plays number read file charges against the caretaker prime minister and three former ministers the full of the most senior individuals to be indicted so far in the investigation which is being conducted in secrecy judge buddy someone filed the charges against her seventy up and former finance minister Ali Hassan Khalil as well as two former ministers of public works old fool which touch with Candice this negligence leading to death over the August fourth explosion at Beirut's pulls the incident led to more than two hundred deaths and injured thousands the explosion was caused by the ignition of a large stockpile of explosive material that had been stored at the port for six years near a heavily populated area top security officials and politicians knew about the stockpile and its whereabouts and did nothing about it I'm Karen Thomas
Lebanese judge charges caretaker PM in port blast
"Probing last summers port explosion in Beirut has filed negligence charges against the caretaker prime minister and several former ministers of public works. The August explosion at Beirut Poor killed more than 200 people and injured thousands. The explosion was caused by the ignition of a large stockpile of explosive material that had been stored at the port for years with the knowledge of top security officials and politicians who did nothing about it. Anger has been building over the slow pace of the investigation and the fact that no senior officials had been indicted. Warmer
The Latest News On The War In Yemen
"War in yemen has been one of the grimmer stories unfolding anywhere on earth for roughly six years now for most of that time it has struggled fool widespread and much more so this year as the rest of the world was preoccupied with the obvious. One of the reasons that yemen has been under reported is that it has been difficult and dangerous to report from monocle. Twenty-fourth beirut correspondent. Leyla moulana alone has recently been to yemen and joins me now a layla. First of all the logistics at this point of getting in and out of yemen. How do you do it. The logistics arch freaky and there are multiple ways now. there awesome flights operating into yemen. And on the way in the way it was done. was through cairo's flying into cairo. And then going into an applet. Who'd you in the south now the flights of neuron a few times a week. They don't necessarily ron time. All hugely overbooked. Of course with people want to go on another extremely expensive as what happened with us. Was that when we lost one can can you then looking out as well because these flights are constantly moving. So it's very unsure when you go in how exactly oh gutting be able to get out and in all case We had to change into a land route option and dry options country which took days because the flights simply went operational on the way out so not necessarily the stable of travel. Itinerary will clearly once in yemen which parts of it. Were you actually able to see so. I was in shabwah. Governorate which is in the south is traditionally very Very tribal governor. At and at the moment it's now the only southern governor this fact compete under the control of the central government it was until the end of two thousand and nineteen ponti occupied by the some transitional council which is the nutritional southern separatists of southern yemen. But they were pushed out at the end of two thousand and nineteen alongside the shabani elite forces which were essentially local mercenaries hired and backed by the united arab emirates. Who of fighting that. They had been fighting against al qaeda terrorists forces that they will push out the two thousand eighteen so it is now backsitting under government control but of course at still a lot of controls over the different parties that some things. That isn't the right decision. So in that part of yemen is life relatively stable and peaceful on the one hand is driving around the capital city act. They're all going up. There are shop opening people walking around. That does seem to be a bishop. Prosperity come back and stuff. People was antony there were jobs hidden now. We can't find jobs in other areas with coming his to work so in on that side of things know that building tourist complex building hotels that very hopeful that the level of stability having now even things like went scoreless Address the that level of civility means that they will have increasing prosperity. The problem of course is firstly that the country as many said to me is still seen as water but also there are a lot of problems with stability they currently have posited is because there is oil. it's one of the three governorates that has a lot of oil in yemen and the governor has made a deal with the central government that they get a twenty percent cut. That goes straight to the governor at so they can invest in rebuilding infrastructure analytical houses in the governor at. That's a great deal. But a lot of people in southfield they should be getting even more not so much of it should be going to the central government that trying to encourage more western oil companies to come back in as also lots of liquid natural gas that the moment there is just one australian oil company functioning on The moment there is just one austrian oil company who is currently can shop. Hope that increase was fired. You enjoy -tunities Very unstable as i say with the political situation still going around. They're all active. Frontlines from the nearest one is in marriage to the north. That's fine with the season is also still frontlines. The southern traditional council as well given everything you've said about life in shaw born those soins reasonably encouraging signs of some sort of return to normality. Does it feel like the government is itself a self contained country at this point. Is there much talk about trying to put yemen back together. So this is the big question with some people are saying shove what is the example of how of federalist yemen could work. You know in which the different governorates level tournament. A certain amount of money to run that own concerns are loyal to a central government and of course contribute troops to a central government. Which is what's currently happening. Lots of shift one young men going and fighting own the nearest frontline that the government has up in a way in tons for its relationship that they have on say. The governor is a loyal to central. Government has a good working relationship barron which she has been given this level of autonomous theoretically that is hopeful future. The problem is that people are fighting for different reasons. This is something people kept saying to me that you know there are some people who had the interest of the money interest of the oil. The pool of calls many people saying that the uae and the arabia of that those reasons. But then you've got some transitional council bay come from a long line of people who believe that the south of the. Nfl is completely different from the nose. Should be united and shouldn't be wrong from the north which causes where at the central government is based although i should say that most of the people who make up the central government actually are outside the country right now because he ended so constantly moving on stable But seth me they're southerners new feel wouldn't at shouldn't be enrolled in the as the south bend. Of course you have. The who fees. Who are the shiite iran backed militia. Who are still fighting in. How occupied a lot of the north of the moment. They are running at sanaa city at the moment still and they of course flight final ideology and copy one of my money as many people said to me that it's not just about these business relationships on the national resources so while the idea the united yemen too. Many people is hugely appealing. And so many people that saying can you with retired war. We want peace. We want elections. We just want to get on with our lives and have yemen stop being associated with the idea of this ongoing horrific war which the united nations is called the greatest humanitarian crisis currently in the world but whether or not that's realistic the number of political issues currently butting up against each other both in tunnel and the proxy wars being fooled by international powers is is another question is obviously not short of problems but it was also burden this year as every country on earth walls by the covid nineteen pandemic. Were you able to get much sense of how that has affected life in yemen or how yemen with the resources it has has been able to handle it so the area i was in has extreme yellow covid figures at least in tons of what's being counted now going in i thought perhaps they simply aren't being counted all covered up in some way. One of the arguments is of course. It doesn't really make sense for the government to be covering up coach. Vic is because it's one way of them getting access to aid. Amy because so much aid money to other projects has been coastal this year because it will bring directed towards codex but in the area. I was in shock whistle. The numbers are extremely loads. They do have a new testing center in the capital of. Its just couple of months old. That's incompletely funded and built by the saudis very center. It isn't getting much use because they don't seem to be that many people coming in now elsewhere in yemen. The problem has been much worse. Part of the reason might be that there is not that much movement in the south. Where's the north in ogden. In saana a further away from that is a lot of moving there and we. Stephanie seen horrific numbers of people really struggling particularly ibp comps. Where who's it spreads wildfire. Now i did meet with several people who said that in the prisons. The situation is getting much worse as well. I spoke a couple of prisoners families who said that they the dominant co code in prison and the conditions were horrendous. They were not being freed Unlike many prisons seeing around the world who've been given a thorough from prison while the coronavirus has been spreading shouts great concern. The big problem really is as i say. That was not much of it to be seen at the moment. But the very worried about Of course we know that in the summer does seeing that the transmission. I'll in the winter. Once that construe immune systems are the health service simply The local hospital is absolutely overwhelmed. Ready mary i was having a den. Gay deng massive outbreak which is affecting a lot of young children in particular from the rural areas. You have to travel hundreds of kilometers to get to the hospital. So although right now where i was as i say not that big a problem if it does hit in the winter and docs saying they're concerned about that. It would be really really devastating. The muslim needs right now. Layla milana allen in beirut. Thanks for joining us.
Lebanon begins 2-week lockdown as COVID-19 cases surge
"Has been praised for his handling of the pandemic, but now a soaring number of coronavirus cases. Threatens to overwhelm its fragile health system. I'm going prime minister who stepped down falling. This summer's Beirut blast ruled out closing the countries on the airport as he did so during an earlier long time. Like in many countries. Some business leaders are opposed to the latest measure, arguing that the law tone will be another devastating blow to our nation already suffering from its worst economic crisis and decades.
Macron wants France to have a seat at the top table
"President Emmanuel Macron is not unique among French leaders in entertaining grandiose notions about his country's singular place in the world charles-de-gaulle believed that France cannot be France without greatness and wrote of its exalted and exceptional destiny for Napoleon. The word impossible is not French. Emmanuel macron is a banker by background rather than a warrior, but he seems to share with his swashbuckling predescessors. The conviction that France is a great power and should behave like one in recent months alone macron has met with the Democratic opposition leaders of Belarus dispatched warships and fighter jets to Greece as it butts heads with Turkey and perhaps most startlingly invited himself to Lebanon within forty eight hours of the warehouse explosion which devastated. Beirut. In August, all of which is to say nothing Francis outreach economic and military to its former colonies in West Africa. Last month macron. told the UN General Assembly that the world as it is today cannot come down to a rivalry between China and the United States macron appears to have a firm idea of at least one of the nation deserving of a seat at the top table.
Overwinter Tropicals With Dennis Schrader
"Cooling off. Very nice. Yes. So before we get started is say I was so happy that we did that New York. Times story together a couple of weeks ago about this subject mad stash right Yeah Thank you. It was very popular and it was fun to read the comments, lots of people jumping in and saying their successes in their failures with different plants you know. So this is something people love to do is try to figure out right how to. How to carry over a beloved plant so Yeah you identified several sort of tactical categories like every plant will want the same thing and I just thought. to survive the winter in this sort of false environment, not their native habitat, and I I just wondered can you tell us about sort of how you group them in how you thought about that? You I mean first of all, it's it's I mean we we get these plans. He's given to US purchased and we nurture them all summer, and then we want to do something with them just not have them hit by a frost and that's it. So you know a lot of it has been experimenting with different types of overwintering and So some of the easiest ways or collecting from seed and doing cutting sore even just actually bringing the plant inside and treating it as a houseplant There's Different ways to store them. Some even store dormant like bring it in as a house plant and keep it away or. Bringing in his plant in, let it nap and that's one of the things that I. Frequently earlier on my gardening career is to try to keep everybody awake and some would rather go to. Also run A it's space issue most of the time. Yeah I mean so I've tried you know even high biscuits puskas and pregnancy is that would normally grow all year those you know just putting them in a basement and keeping them on the dry side darken. Some day back. Then you got them going in the spring and they really take off. 'cause most plants do have a slowdown or doorman period either from cool or in the tropics a lot of times it's from dry whether have rainy season and dry season so. There is. You try and mimic maybe the dry season and We'll just let them Foley rake up the leaves and hold onto them till spring. Even he I think that you recommended that for some of our fancy leaf Geraniums, yes oh sure. Yeah. To hang them, would Beirut them and just hang them in their basement and then plant them again spring. So. You can be pretty radical and what I find also, if you have success with one type of plant or a treatment of one type of planet it with some other ones and Another friend that used to keep pity the red, leaf, Avid, city and bananas he would got so big was huge trunk. He would keep it under his dining room table. We do fine. Except for you kick is it was a dog or something I'm very look at is six foot stump. But? It worked for him. So they've been under the dining table, is that going to be a reference spoke about this? All right. So. What what we're really trying to do is we're trying. Sort of categorize things as we look around the Fading Garden Right now wherever we garden. Match. Them to the right tactics. So like with seed, like what would be the kind of what? What are just a few examples of like things to do from seed? Oh then he is. marigold some of the common annuals. Able motionless. And it's you know the plant kind of lets you know when it's it's done blooming starting to turn a little bit. Brown. looking a little bit dry and It's it's You know shorter as cooler weather. Those are all indicators start looking morning glories or another Morning Glories. And and you know they they start looking a little tattered. Like they've done their big show for the season and It's time to harvest and you want the seedpods to be right but not ripe enough where they you know open up and a lot of plants will expel this heeds and kind of open up and shoot the seeds around you WanNa. Wait before that happens or else use some kind of an bag or something like that to hold the seeds catch seeds. So it's Like You know commercially we go out twice a week and do around to all the seed plants that will be collecting. And we usually right on top of it.
Macron 'ashamed' of Lebanon's political leaders amid crisis
"President, president Emmanuel Macron Francaise, bitterly condemned Lebanon's leaders for their failure to form a new government. He said he was ashamed of thumb. On Saturday, Lebanon's prime minister designate Mustapha Deep, resigned because he couldn't get political parties to agree on his Cabinet lineup. After last month's devastating explosion in Beirut, Mr Macron led international efforts persuade the ruling elites to form a new administration rapidly. He said they had acted against the wishes of the country. The force. Politically, Ben is the Lebanese political forces. The leaders of Lebanese institutions clearly resolutely explicitly, did not wish to respect the commitment made to Frantz. And the international community. I see that the Lebanese political forces made the decision to favor their partisan and individual interests to the detriment of the country's general
Lebanon PM-designate steps down amid impasse over gov’t formation
"Lebanon's prime minister designate, has resigned less than a month after his appointment is at home See reports from Beirut He's stepping down amid a deadlock over forming a new government in the small, crisis ridden country. Prime minister designate most of a deep attempts to form an independent cabinet drew the ire of political parties and Hezbollah. They demanded the finance Ministry be assigned to a Shiite candidate of their choice. Deep been endorsed by a majority of political parties, as well as French President Emmanuel Macron. Cronus pressured Lebanon to form a government quickly in order to unlock international aid required to bail the country out of a severe economic crisis. Deep was designated in the wake of a massive explosion in Beirut sport. That explosion caused by almost 3000 times of ammonium nitrate cause popular anger and Lebanon after it was revealed many of Lebanon's politicians knew about the unsafely stored material for years. And did nothing.
Lebanon's prime minister-designate steps down in blow to French plan
"Lebanon's prime minister designate has stepped down after failing to form a new government. Mustafa a. Deeb. Had the support of much of parliament but not among Shia parties, including a mall in Hezbollah, which have strongholds in the government. The move deals a blow to French President Emmanuel Macron's call for needed change in the country and to bring Lebanon out of an economic crisis. He says a new government needed to be formed. Their crisis worsened by that August 4th explosion at a Beirut port. Lebanon needs financial help. France and other international powers say they won't provide it until reforms were made
"beirut" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Urbanist
"A report there for my correspondent in Beirut Leyla Milana Allan thank you. Now normally in these sorts of situations, governments would step in and take control of the process but one of the things that's been troubling Beirut for many years as the question of who gets to decide what is best for city developments. Lack of oversight has also seen historic pieces of architecture lost to private development and citizens left well down the list of concerns. A Mirror L. sold is a cultural heritage, an urban planning consultant based in Beirut, and she joins me now a mirror. You've got plenty of experience with how public private partnerships can work for the common. Good. So, how big of a concern is that Beirutis after entrust so much of their recovery effort to private developers it's a huge concern. It's a huge concern I did work for city there for seventeen years and dealt with a lot of the criticism of having a private real estate company take on the role of public good and as an urban planner who headed the urban planning department. It was not a very easy position from which to really advocate for public spaces in public pedestrian areas, etcetera, and obviously the city over time while they're back in the day was incredibly controversial. It had restored one third of the buildings that were destroyed in the downtown whereas outside of the downtown out of the two thousand buildings that were deemed heritage buildings over the past thirty years of postwar reconstruction. Only one hundred, twenty buildings remain, and that's because of private developers. So in fact, one might say that most of the destruction to the city's architectural heritage has come at the hands of developers. And money. Our biggest problem is corruption and our biggest problem is money and may be in a moment where Lebanon has been suffering from financial crisis since October. Maybe that's a moment where you think that fast money isn't going to kick in as fast so than people can't really buy up the but already from the beginning almost three weeks into the aftermath of the bomb developers were snooping around trying to. See what they could get their hands on from the old sites because their prime real estate I mean Beirut is a city whose five thousand years of history has told us that everything rebuilds on itself. So even the developers the ready to just wipe out the rubble and builds on top of it and with lack of governance that means there is no master plan that means the municipality is absent that. Means there's zero protection for the owners of these buildings who now have lost the one asset that they probably had. They don't have much financial means to recover, and we're in a very precarious moment where not only do you have to deal with kind of the basics of shelter food and sustenance. But also, what is the long-term vision for the city and these neighborhoods? Will they ever be the same again? An interesting point rising I'd like your take on this. I guess for listeners who don't know the city these areas Jamais. Easy Mama Cho. They have automob- buildings. They have pieces of modernism and I of the buildings that was damaged was the Electricity Dula Bom building, which is a bit of an icon in the city. So we talked about all sorts of architecture being a threat and was threat anyway the buildings that hasn't been touched since of war but interwoven in between then his older communities, the people as you say, who lived there who worked. From printing presses and carriages and all sorts of things. As an urban est when you begin to think even where to start the process of putting back in a community and wall to protect what would be your advice to the people involved in where would you begin the process? Well, actually, I have to hear really give salute to the Beirut's heritage initiative, which has become a coalition of various professionals who I've worked with over the years and who have done amazing work. It also includes the Arab Center for architecture that we founded, which works really on preserving modernist heritage buildings such as that looks. Really bomb, which is a very important building trust as part of the modernist architecture story of Beirut's you know I think today many of the buildings Yes are from nineteen thirties to nine, thousand, nine, hundred, seventy s, and these are the heritage buildings that have been destroyed and there are proper restores and people who have owned these buildings and worked on them, and so there are old plans. There is no. How in Lebanon there's an amazing team of people that are really trying to. How to get UNESCO involved and really not have to deal with government authorities in saving some of these heritage buildings I think today it said necessity especially given that we've got winter coming and really with most of the red tiled roofs of the ultimate buildings having been destroyed you've got rain coming in and really just chipping away at the rest of what's left. So the task at hand is really enormous because there's also no fending people have been volunteering and there's no way of sustaining also getting all the suppliers in the material but the will is there. So the serving has already taken place there's an identification of almost six hundred heritage buildings destroyed. There's about Forty in sort of precarious position that are already having scaffolding and here I really salute the architects who've been doing restoration work for so many years in Beirut's at stepping in at really not waiting for any governance structures because we know we can't count on them, and so that's really been an inspiring moment i. think the question is, how do you keep this and sustainable way? So how are you able to restore preserve these buildings and protect the ownership of lands because people are going to need money and they're going to need a way to support their lives and today I'm not sure those people have the means to do that while also restoring their buildings. Also, joined today's episode by Mona for was a professor of urban studies and planning at the American. University of route. Mona. If baby is going to have any hope of retaining citizens and rebuilding yet again, it surely has to develop an optimism for its citizens future there. Now, you understand more the many the impediments that hamper hopes of retaining its residents. We so much displacement hitting route all at once we'll rebuild effort even be possible I think it's possible only if we can consolidate hands for these residents right now everyone is saying, yes, we need a people centered recovery the idea being that it's important that people come back. However when you look in practice, no one really knows what it means to me to understand what's a people centered recovery means you have to be on the ground talking to residents and understanding what is the impediment for you to return recognizing clearly that people is a diverse. Class gendered sectarian national divisions that exist between people and that they will have different needs depending on their location in these social hierarchies just quickly two examples because of the breakdown of the Lebanese current because, of course, the blast came after months of DEMOC. Basically, a lot of landlords were asking their talents to pay the rent and daughters and so shooter young woman or man or couple who had moved to modern Cayenne, which was the happening neighborhood. Last summer you were basically struggling for that. UH, last year to be able to rent and your landlord was. Asking you to pay more to pay in dollars.
James Bond, 'Avengers' star Diana Rigg dies at 82
"And actor the corrupted Diana Rigg and they read has as died a huge of cancer fire broke at the age out at of the eighty site two of last month's I marquees catastrophic are loaded explosion with a look at her which career killed nearly that two was hundred very people and destroyed very parts good of the capital Diana Rigg brought smarts swagger and sex appeal to the Avengers as an appeal in mystic the nineteen next sixties night did it recent for the port TV viewers orange flames may remember leaping her as from a the letter grounds to rattle in smoke game of covered thrones the capsule and Wrigley firefighters Tracy and ambulances bonds the rushed only wife to the scene of James bond on in the helicopters on her were majesty's taking part in secret efforts service to extinguish the she fire was an accomplished stage forty actor days and after won huge a Tony explosion Award for the decimated title role central in the Greek Beirut tragedy the course Medea of the new fire was she not never clear stopped acting but it her triggered last widespread role was panic in all creatures amongst traumatized great and small residents currently of the area running a British TV the Lebanese army said the fire started warehouse what women ties a placed in the GT Friesen adding that efforts to bustle the file on going I'm Karen Thomas
Huge fire breaks out at Beirut port a month after explosion
"And the corrupted and they read as a huge fire broke out at the site of last month's catastrophic explosion which killed nearly two hundred people and destroyed parts of the capital mystic next night did it for the port orange flames leaping from the grounds smoke covered the capsule and firefighters and ambulances rushed to the scene on the helicopters were taking part in efforts to extinguish the fire forty days after huge explosion decimated central Beirut the course of the new fire was not clear but it triggered widespread panic amongst traumatized residents of the area the Lebanese army said the fire started warehouse what women ties a placed in the GT Friesen adding that efforts to bustle the file on going I'm Karen Thomas
Huge fire breaks out at Beirut port month after deadly blast
"Breaking news out of Beirut where a huge fire broke out this morning in the port of Beirut. Still fighting that fire at this hour. This is a warehouse where oil and tires replaced in a duty free zone. This, of course, follows the last months. Last month's massive explosion there that killed uninjured thousands of
Searchers Find No Sign of Survivor in Beirut Rubble
"Chilean such team has come up empty after a desperate race to try and find survivors in Beirut after a sniffer dog and specialised equipment sense possible signs of life buried under the rubble. It is one month since the devastating explosion at the city's port which killed it. 200 wounded
Beirut explosion: More signs of life detected under rubble
"After a massive explosion ripped through Lebanon's capital, a toe lay in rescue team is attacking signs of life underneath the destroyed buildings. NPR's nada homes He has more on the rescue operation that Chilean rescue team has been working for three days to clear the wreckage of a building that was destroyed in Beirut's devastating port explosion after they detected signs of life Thursday afternoon. On Saturday morning at Chile and volunteer confirmed they were still detecting signs of life beneath the rubble. 18 breaths per minute in a statement to media, the head of the rescue team could not confirm nor deny whether anyone is alive in the destroyed building, but vowed their work would not stop until they reached a result.
"beirut" Discussed on 1A
"This is one A.. I'm JEN widen in Washington. People in Beirut are angry on Tuesday an explosion tore through Beirut's port killing at least one, hundred, thirty, five people, and injuring at least five thousand others. Now, some are saying the government isn't doing enough to find survivors Tatyana road is still looking for her father who worked in the port she spoke to the BBC we think they ran away and now the. building is collapsed on them and have there been any kind of rescue attempts to try and find them actually they're going to start searching where we told them that they might be because they wouldn't doing it before they had excuses such as there's no equipments events no allied to search at nine. We hope it's not too late to search for them now. Many blame the government for the blast Lebanon has been in economic and political turmoil for months where does the country go from here with us to talk about it as Lena Katiba she's director of the Middle East and North Africa program, for the Chatham House that the UK Policy Institute she's also former director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut Lena Welcome to one A.. Thank you. What do we know about? What happened? What we know is that there was the largest explosion in Lebanon's history that took place a couple of nights ago. And caused huge destruction. Bay report is almost completely obliterated as a result, the shockwaves where felt all the way in Cyprus across the sea from Lebanon? The damage in Beirut reached off the geographical area of the city and overnight around at least a quarter of a million people lost their homes as a result of the blast. So this has been a really unprecedented version in Lebanon. Tons of ammonium nitrate stored at the port are being blamed for this explosion. Do you have any more information about that? So what we know so far is that the cause of the explosion laws indeed ammonium nitrates, exploding exploding what we don't know for sure is why the ammonium nitrate exploded. The thing is the ammonium nitrate had been present at Beirut port in a warehouse the warehouse caught fire at as yet unclear whether this was a deliberate attack or whether it was an accident but either way, this racist questions asked to why ammonium nitrate was being storage and sluts sought huge quantities at the port that is close to residential neighborhoods. And on store stored unsafely. And also according to the Lebanese Prime Minister, the ammonium nitrate had been at the pulled for six years. The claim is that it was confiscated of ship. Docking at the port in two thousand fourteen. So any government around the world that applies basic health and safety measures would not have kept a substance as volatile as that unsee cute and for for such a long period of time. So there are many questions that the Lebanese people demand answers for but one thing is clear to have such an event happen means that the Lebanese government is ultimately responsible for this explosion because they allowed this dangerous substance to be present at Beirut, sports? So recklessly, and it's my understanding that port officials did reach out to the government to try to. figure out what to do with ammonium nitrate is that accurate? Well right now, Lebanon is witnessing a series of leaks of. Through which the Customs Authority and the country is trying to absolve itself from responsibility regarding ammonium nitrate. What we are seeing in terms of people like myself who are analyzing these documents, the story doesn't add up. It appears that ultimately and this is unfortunately classic in Lebanon like places in the world where there is no accountability in the government, it seems to me more of a case of one government entity trying to blame the also. For what happened rather than them? Really. Having complains and really tried their best to actually. Get rid of the stockpile of ammonium nitrate. So so all these documents show is that the customs officials was trying to absolve itself from responsibility. Lena for those who aren't familiar with the layout of Beirut just explained where the port is and the surrounding areas, how those areas were affected. So we can get a better picture of that. I mean. The port was at the heart of Beirut Beirut as a coastal city on the Mediterranean and the port happen to be practically in the middle of the coast in Beirut and it's surrounded by residential areas all around. It's a very busy port. The areas around the port are also densely populated I? Mean the population of Lebanon in general right now is around six million. Originally, it was around four, but Lebanon has had a huge influx of Syrian refugees. So its population grew by more than fifty percent in the last few years because of the refugees. So around six million people are present in the country around two million of those live in Beirut and Beirut is not a big city. So it's very densely populated. So when we think that Around three, hundred, thousand people. Between two hundred and fifty, thousand, three, hundred, thousand people became. Homeless or at least displaced overnight as a result of the blast. That's fifteen percent of the population of Beirut. So that should give us a bit of. A bit of an idea of the scale of damage caused by this notion in terms of the physical devastation around it thankfully, because the port is obviously a port. So it's on the see where the explosion happened. was close to the itself rather than a bit more inwards where the port is and therefore most of the impact of the blast activity was absorbed by the rather than the residential areas according to expert assessments only twenty percent of the impact reached residential areas in Beirut around the port. Now I think to myself if this was only twenty percent. Can we imagine what would have happened? Had this blast affected areas around one hundred percent so in a way? That the protected. The rest of Beirut from being devastated by this blast, and also there were grain silos where the explosion happened. inside the port and the grain silos acted as a kind of barrier that also helped protect the city from from the impacts of. This could have been much worse, but it's already really really horrible and as I said, the port is is now mostly destroyed as a result will be a long recovery. Lena Katiba director of the Middle East and North Africa Program for the Chatham House a UK Policy Institute she's also former director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut Lena, thank you. Coming up, Corona viruses forced America face up to some hard truth but we do next I'm Jen white will hear more from you and our guests in a moment..
"beirut" Discussed on The Economist: The Intelligence
"In Beirut yesterday countless people began the painful work of fixing homes devastated by a massive explosion on Tuesday. . One woman who'd mlk posted a video of her mother-in-law playing the piano as others swept up broken glass. . The music is bittersweet, , the city is reeling. . The moment of the blast no one was quite sure what had happened there was a deep bass sound for seven or eight seconds there was a rumbling. . and. We . thought it was a localized explosion, , maybe a gas main that had blown up across the street or a car bomb in the neighborhood. . Greg Carlstrom is our Middle East correspondent. . I A cafe. . <hes> everyone, , of course, , left the cafe and started making their way home and it was only on the way back down towards the three Indian towards the ports <hes> that I started to realize the scale of the damage. . There was, , of course, , broken glass everywhere carpeting, , all of the streets all at the sidewalks pass through an intersection where there were several women sitting in the median holding cloth scraps of fabric bleeding from the head they'd obviously been hit by glass. . And every building that you pass by not only the windows blown out but the aluminum window frames blown off. . So. . You realize that this was not a localized incident, , but rather something that had affected the entire city center. . The blast was felt as far away as Cyprus it registered as an earthquake in Jordan. . It had come from the port of Beirut or something had set off an explosion of staggering size sending up a white mushroom cloud then a vast bloom of orange smoke. . Yesterday the government placed a number of court officials under house arrest and again investigation. . Declared a two weeks state of emergency. . Residents are still coming to grips with the shock of the blast. . Felt like it went inside us like a best our soul the way. . I saw something bright and I lost my hearing for few seconds. . An explosion just went out. . The human toll of the explosion has been catastrophic the death toll officially more than one hundred so far, , and that number continues to grow as rescue workers find victims who were buried in the rubble more than five thousand people injured by the blast and many of them had to go into a hospital system that was already stretched thin. . We've had a spike in corona virus cases in Lebanon over the past few weeks, , some hospitals themselves were damaged by the explosion hospital Saint George Hospital across the street from where I live. . was so badly damaged that it had to halt operations and when I went by the hospital, , you saw patients some of them still wearing their hospital gowns with intravenous lines in their arms bloodied from flying debris and shrapnel for nurses were killed. . Fifteen patients on respirators died when the machines failed the other immediate impact is according to officials in Lebanon about three hundred thousand people were left homeless by the explosion. . About five percent of the population of the entire country and what do we know so far about what caused the explosion? ? It seems to be the result of unbelievable negligence even on the scale of the perennially negligent Lebanese government back in two thousand thirteen customs officials in Lebanon confiscated the cargo of a Russian ownership that was traveling to Mozambique. . The cargo was two, , thousand, , seven, hundred, , , fifty tons of ammonium nitrate, , which is highly explosive chemical that is used mostly to make either fertilizers or explosives from mining and quarrying and other industrial uses. . So this material was confiscated, , it was put in a warehouse at the port and for six or seven years it just south there there was some talk of maybe exporting the stuff for giving it to the army to use but this required approval from the Lebanese judiciary that approval never came you've had officials at the ports and with insecurity agencies who warned this was tantamount to keeping a giant bomb on the doorstep of the country's capital. . Those warnings went unheeded and of course, , tragically on Tuesday it all exploded but I mean what kind of government would ignore warnings about tons and tons and tons of explosive material just sitting in a city centre the Lebanese government would it's almost par for the course for Lebanon's political class. . This is the government that <hes> for more than a decade could not agree on a budget. . This is the government that for almost thirty years allowed the same central banker to run the Central Bank Lubin, , and to run effectively state-sanctioned Ponzi scheme to defend the currency peg it's a country that created a political and economic model that was totally unsustainable. . Invested hardly at all in basic services even in good times, , Lebanon can't provide twenty four hour electricity routinely struggles to pick up the trash piles up in the streets. . It is a perennially negligent government and this is of course, , a catastrophic example of that but it's of a piece with the behavior of this government over the past thirty years. . So this is a population economy that was suffering quite a bit even before the blast it was the country has been slipping into a profound economic crisis since October <hes> the the currency. . Lebanese. Pound . which for decades has been pegged to the dollar. . Began to break away from that since October? ? It's lost about eighty percent of its value on the black market which has contributed to runaway inflation in a country that imports almost everything from food and fuel to consumer goods. . So, , inflation running around eighty percent right now and for food around two hundred percent prices have become astronomical this summer we've had fuel shortages that have caused blackouts in Beirut normally three hours a day stretch as long as twenty hours a day this summer and the backup generators that people rely on to provide electricity when the state cannot <hes> those are either burning out from overuse or running out of fuel just one crisis after another point. . which has led to widespread poverty in the country the the official figures the government thinks around half the country is now below the poverty line that could rise as high as seventy five percent. . By the end of the year, , there's been a spike in petty crime <hes> driven simply desperation. There . was one man who was caught on TV robbing a pharmacy for diapers another man who robbed someone at knifepoint on the streets and a once busy part of town, , and then came back to apologize for doing it and said, , he he needed the money to his family. . So it sounds a a years long problem has gotten really quite a lot worse very recently mean why hasn't the government been able to sort of keep things from getting so much worse? ? The current government was installed in January <hes> meant to be a technocratic government that would tackle this economic crisis and negotiate a rescue agreement with the IMF but. . Six or seven months later it's made almost no progress. . The negotiations with the IMF have really stalled at this point they've had about twenty rounds of talks. . But is not even really negotiating with the IMF yet it's still negotiating with itself. . You have the cabinet on one side. . And the parliament on the other backed up by the banking sector. . which are having this very arcane dispute about the scale of the losses in Lebanon's financial sector about how bankrupt the country is effectively. . And so you have this surreal situation where instead of Lebanon negotiating with the IMF Lebanon is negotiating with Lebanon. . The Fund has told Lebanon that talks are not going to advance unless there's an agreement on the size of the losses or if the cabinet pushes through a few meaningful reform of capital controls, law , changes to the electricity sector things like that. . Neither of these things have happened and there are increasing calls for the government to step down. . Do you think that's the way forward I? ? Mean, , what do you think should be done here to to bring Lebanon back to? ? A functional state though the problem is if this government steps down what replaces this government and a lot of the pressure on the government right now is is coming from the traditional powerbrokers in Lebanon the sectarian X. warlords who have divvied up power in this country for decades since the end of the civil war in one, , thousand, , nine, , hundred, , ninety, , this power sharing agreement they have it was designed to keep the peace and prevent a return to conflict after the war. . But it's been captured by the. . Hands up power based on sect, , which runs a massive patronage network <hes>. . The World Bank estimates that it costs the country about nine percent of its GDP each year but if it were to step down without broader changes to the country's political system in this power, , sharing system would simply be replaced by the same cast of characters who have ruined the country over the past thirty years. . But that power sharing system was was there to to keep the peace to prevent a return to civil war, , and that was the argument for years for decades when people in Lebanon would complain about the corruption and. . The negligence and the inefficiency of their government, , the response would be well at least this is better than a return to the bad old days even before what happened on. Tuesday . even before the explosion though that argument was beginning to lose its weights with a lot of people here you have a younger generation of Lebanese who don't have the same memory of course of the civil war that their parents or their grandparents had, , and so as the country slipped further and further into crisis over the past year, , people have been more willing to to <hes> break away from this system than they were before. . And I think the argument that well, , there could be violence if the power-sharing system was stripped away after what happened on Tuesday after half of Beirut was destroyed by the incompetence of this government I think that argument is not going to carry with a lot of people.
"beirut" Discussed on The Economist: The Intelligence
"In Beirut yesterday countless people began the painful work of fixing homes devastated by a massive explosion on Tuesday. One woman who'd mlk posted a video of her mother-in-law playing the piano as others swept up broken glass. The music is bittersweet, the city is reeling. The moment of the blast no one was quite sure what had happened there was a deep bass sound for seven or eight seconds there was a rumbling. and. We thought it was a localized explosion, maybe a gas main that had blown up across the street or a car bomb in the neighborhood. Greg Carlstrom is our Middle East correspondent. I A cafe. everyone, of course, left the cafe and started making their way home and it was only on the way back down towards the three Indian towards the ports that I started to realize the scale of the damage. There was, of course, broken glass everywhere carpeting, all of the streets all at the sidewalks pass through an intersection where there were several women sitting in the median holding cloth scraps of fabric bleeding from the head they'd obviously been hit by glass. And every building that you pass by not only the windows blown out but the aluminum window frames blown off. So. You realize that this was not a localized incident, but rather something that had affected the entire city center. The blast was felt as far away as Cyprus it registered as an earthquake in Jordan. It had come from the port of Beirut or something had set off an explosion of staggering size sending up a white mushroom cloud then a vast bloom of orange smoke. Yesterday the government placed a number of court officials under house arrest and again investigation. Declared a two weeks state of emergency. Residents are still coming to grips with the shock of the blast. Felt like it went inside us like a best our soul the way. I saw something bright and I lost my hearing for few seconds. An explosion just went out. The human toll of the explosion has been catastrophic the death toll officially more than one hundred so far, and that number continues to grow as rescue workers find victims who were buried in the rubble more than five thousand people injured by the blast and many of them had to go into a hospital system that was already stretched thin. We've had a spike in corona virus cases in Lebanon over the past few weeks, some hospitals themselves were damaged by the explosion hospital Saint George Hospital across the street from where I live. was so badly damaged that it had to halt operations and when I went by the hospital, you saw patients some of them still wearing their hospital gowns with intravenous lines in their arms bloodied from flying debris and shrapnel for nurses were killed. Fifteen patients on respirators died when the machines failed the other immediate impact is according to officials in Lebanon about three hundred thousand people were left homeless by the explosion. About five percent of the population of the entire country and what do we know so far about what caused the explosion? It seems to be the result of unbelievable negligence even on the scale of the perennially negligent Lebanese government back in two thousand thirteen customs officials in Lebanon confiscated the cargo of a Russian ownership that was traveling to Mozambique. The cargo was two, thousand, seven, hundred, fifty tons of ammonium nitrate, which is highly explosive chemical that is used mostly to make either fertilizers or explosives from mining and quarrying and other industrial uses. So this material was confiscated, it was put in a warehouse at the port and for six or seven years it just south there there was some talk of maybe exporting the stuff for giving it to the army to use but this required approval from the Lebanese judiciary that approval never came you've had officials at the ports and with insecurity agencies who warned this was tantamount to keeping a giant bomb on the doorstep of the country's capital. Those warnings went unheeded and of course, tragically on Tuesday it all exploded but I mean what kind of government would ignore warnings about tons and tons and tons of explosive material just sitting in a city centre the Lebanese government would it's almost par for the course for Lebanon's political class. This is the government that for more than a decade could not agree on a budget. This is the government that for almost thirty years allowed the same central banker to run the Central Bank Lubin, and to run effectively state-sanctioned Ponzi scheme to defend the currency peg it's a country that created a political and economic model that was totally unsustainable. Invested hardly at all in basic services even in good times, Lebanon can't provide twenty four hour electricity routinely struggles to pick up the trash piles up in the streets. It is a perennially negligent government and this is of course, a catastrophic example of that but it's of a piece with the behavior of this government over the past thirty years. So this is a population economy that was suffering quite a bit even before the blast it was the country has been slipping into a profound economic crisis since October the the currency. Lebanese. Pound which for decades has been pegged to the dollar. Began to break away from that since October? It's lost about eighty percent of its value on the black market which has contributed to runaway inflation in a country that imports almost everything from food and fuel to consumer goods. So, inflation running around eighty percent right now and for food around two hundred percent prices have become astronomical this summer we've had fuel shortages that have caused blackouts in Beirut normally three hours a day stretch as long as twenty hours a day this summer and the backup generators that people rely on to provide electricity when the state cannot those are either burning out from overuse or running out of fuel just one crisis after another point. which has led to widespread poverty in the country the the official figures the government thinks around half the country is now below the poverty line that could rise as high as seventy five percent. By the end of the year, there's been a spike in petty crime driven simply desperation. There was one man who was caught on TV robbing a pharmacy for diapers another man who robbed someone at knifepoint on the streets and a once busy part of town, and then came back to apologize for doing it and said, he he needed the money to his family. So it sounds a a years long problem has gotten really quite a lot worse very recently mean why hasn't the government been able to sort of keep things from getting so much worse? The current government was installed in January meant to be a technocratic government that would tackle this economic crisis and negotiate a rescue agreement with the IMF but. Six or seven months later it's made almost no progress. The negotiations with the IMF have really stalled at this point they've had about twenty rounds of talks. But is not even really negotiating with the IMF yet it's still negotiating with itself. You have the cabinet on one side. And the parliament on the other backed up by the banking sector. which are having this very arcane dispute about the scale of the losses in Lebanon's financial sector about how bankrupt the country is effectively. And so you have this surreal situation where instead of Lebanon negotiating with the IMF Lebanon is negotiating with Lebanon. The Fund has told Lebanon that talks are not going to advance unless there's an agreement on the size of the losses or if the cabinet pushes through a few meaningful reform of capital controls, law changes to the electricity sector things like that. Neither of these things have happened and there are increasing calls for the government to step down. Do you think that's the way forward I? Mean, what do you think should be done here to to bring Lebanon back to? A functional state though the problem is if this government steps down what replaces this government and a lot of the pressure on the government right now is is coming from the traditional powerbrokers in Lebanon the sectarian X. warlords who have divvied up power in this country for decades since the end of the civil war in one, thousand, nine, hundred, ninety, this power sharing agreement they have it was designed to keep the peace and prevent a return to conflict after the war. But.
"beirut" Discussed on The Daily
"It's Thursday August sixth. On Tuesday August fourth I had just gotten back from an interview and I was settling back into my Home Office which faces the street. To catch up on emails that I'd missed while I was in a meeting. And try to type out my notes and it was A. Typically. Beautiful looking buried August Day. But. Terrible. Feeling in that. It's incredibly humid in Beirut in August we're right near the Mediterranean. You kind of feel like you're just sloshing around in your own. Sweat. So I was kind of alternately sanding myself. And reading and pretty soon after I sat down. A FRIEND OF MINE Sent me a video over whatsapp and she said something like the port seems to be burning. I was just about to try to load the video on my slow Internet connection when I heard this deep like rattling my bones. Boom. Like nothing. I'd ever heard before in my entire life. And the building immediately started swaying back and forth and I grew up in California. So I I know what an earthquake feels like in this felt like a bigger earthquake than I'd ever. Experienced in California. I was obviously freaked out so. To the windows to try to see if I could figure out what was going on and all of a sudden. The next thing I knew there was another boom..
"beirut" Discussed on The Daily
"Killer she. Were driving past. Downtown like pretty close to the port and everything is just piles of glass and debris and. It's just storefront slick shop Dover and. And hotel I was. Just. Near the other day is Completely, messed up. In twenty thirteen Lebanon's government detained ship carrying two, thousand, seven, hundred and fifty tons of a highly explosive chemical ammonium nitrate. Despite the danger at the chemicals posed, the government transferred the giant shipment to a hangar in Beirut's port. Blocks from the city's downtown and close to its residential neighborhoods. According to reporting by my colleague Ben Hubbard poured. Repeatedly asked the government to remove those chemicals warning of the risks, but they remained there unprotected for the next six years. Then this Tuesday at six seven. PM local time, the ammonium nitrate combusted. Triggering a series of explosions. So powerful that the damage extended half the city they leveled buildings fleet cars killed more than one, hundred, thirty, five people. Injured five thousand more and left hundreds of thousands of people without housing. For many in Lebanon, it was the culmination of years of mismanagement and neglect by the.
"beirut" Discussed on Front Burner
"Why thought that say the Save the children warned last month that almost a million people in Beirut are struggling to buy essentials. Including food. What do you think the explosion does? To Lebanese people's ability to just try and get the basic needs at this point. is going it near impossible. You know until further notice we are going to rely on foreign aid wherever it comes from because the the other posts in Lebanon. Are Not equipped to take on all. Of for example, they don't have a granaries, they don't have the. Week Silos. The our port. To thousands of containers every month, our medicine, our food I mean, we import everything we have nothing. So if that is now upset, there's a shortage of that it is going to affect prices of course, but the living standards are already been smashed, but it's going to affect us more. We we need to be how much this is going to affect our food. We not now at the moment, we are not coming for anything except to get survive on food for us and for our children. Of course, they you know another major challenges is rebuilding the incredible amount of damage that has been done to the infrastructure in Beirut and I know that that has already been a challenge to try and rebuild the city from the from the civil war. How difficult will it be to try and rebuild Beirut from this unprecedented destruction near impossible by Beirut it is. Very difficult to have another baby would not not not in the next ten years the way I see it and that's a great loss. I mean the attraction of Beirut will go we have nothing else to offer our tourists except a good nightlife. A good life could hotels restaurants you know people who love life why would somebody in Kuwait or in Dubai come and spend money here In the coming days as people start to put glass back onto their windows and find homes to find food again that some of these bigger questions will start to be tackled where will you be directing your attention in the coming days? Let me just go said this what you have today. Is Is Survival? Mood. Survivor. Mood. We are not thinking what is going. Let me and other people are not thinking of what is happening next week what they won't let me have shelter this week and let me think about what is going to happen later. Otherwise, they will go crazy they have to go day by day. It's very stressful and very frustrating people can say a Lebanese resilient but. A resilience is reading wearing thin these days because it's just one thing after another, there is no conbility in Lebanon there's no transparency on There's no justice love on it's It's not much of a state. We'll call it a failed state, but I don't really call it much state at all I mean it's just like hanging by a thread we're just. Unlock. A maybe go wrong anytime you ask me what is going to happen in one month's I will tell you there's to be more frustration. More stress. and. More. Skepticism against our government. That I promise you. We are really reached the end. I don't know how we're going to get out of this. One hundred. Thank you so much I speaking with me today and and I do wish you all the best. And and do stays. Thank you very much..
"beirut" Discussed on Front Burner
"Hi. I'm Dr Brian Goldman if you haven't heard my new podcast the dose, this is the perfect time to subscribe. Each, we answer your most pressing health related questions, and right now we know you're grappling covid nineteen on. The does we bring in top experts to answer your questions about the corona virus and post some of our own get the latest evidence in a way that's easy to understand by subscribing to the dose. It's your guide to getting through this difficult time. You can find the dose wherever you get your podcast. I'm Elena Hudgens Lyle and I'm her than the Radha and we're the hosts of questions. Did you lose weight? How are you doing? How'd you get pregnant? We talked to people who have been off these questions. We ask where these questions come out and we learned some more respectful of been curious. Whether you've asked an inappropriate question or been asked in appropriate question gum get inappropriate with us. Inappropriate questions is available. Now you can find it on the CBC listen APP or wherever you find podcasts. Before, we go any further with Hannah. I WANNA give you an update about what we know about the explosion like I mentioned earlier officials are linking the blast to over two thousand tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse and Beirut's port. The Lebanese prime minister said it was a horrific chemical explosion suggesting an act of negligence, not terrorism or malice that two thousand, seven, hundred, fifty tons of ammonium nitrate commonly used in fertilizer was stored at the port without proper precautions. The chemical is highly explosive and that's got a lot of people asking pretty much the same question. Why was vast amounts close to three thousand tons of ammonium nitrate stored in downtown Beirut it was A. Tragedy waiting to happen and you know the responsible for making that decision or or not solve this problem a lot earlier precisely the Lebanese ruling class that. are going to face demands for accountability from the citizens of Lebanon very soon, part of the answer has to do with a Russian owned cargo ship that arrived at the port in two thousand, thirteen financial and technical problems stranded the ship and port authorities took the ammonium nitrate ashore in then sat in that warehouse for six years. Even the prime minister was outraged. Those responsible will pay the price for what happened. This is a promise to the martyrs and to the wounded. This is a national commitment. The facts will be revealed about this dangerous warehouse that has been there since twenty fourteen. It's not like authorities didn't know about the chemicals public records show that customs officials sent letters at least six times over the years. The ask the courts for guidance on how to dispose of the ammonium nitrate and warned about how dangerous it was. Investigators are now looking into negligence and the government is ordering house arrest for some port officials. Beirut's port is notorious for corruption, but Lebanon's economy minister told CBC. That's not what caused this. Corruption but in this case, it's not corruption that at all, it certainly incompetence. It is certainly as a people not understanding and assessing. Risks it is beautiful courtesy and frankly in my opinion stupid behaviors and. There's still a lot of questions about what happened and so I asked Hanna and bar about how people in Beirut are reacting to the revelation so far. People in Beirut at the moment, really are in the process of survivor they're very angry of course. You have to take into consideration because there's the devaluation of our currency. We get now compared to the. Ten percent of what we got last month or a month before. So people are getting ten percents. That ten percent. Is Gone because the price is on the other side have gone up because of the dollar. So between the. Under lost the relation, you really end up with paper money that has no value whatsoever. So people have. When you have survival you know we don't have electricity. We don't have water we have to buy water you leave explore margin for real protests. This government was installed by. Other parties and there was several Lucien new cell phone. and. That was quashed. That was really. Shattered. and. It's affected our psyche treaty effected our hearts and we knew really big ourselves up, and then you had the endemic this sense of loss to sense of grief the sense of helplessness..
"beirut" Discussed on Front Burner
"I'm tired host of ideas in this age of Click Bait and online shouting ideas is a meeting ground for people who want to deepen their understanding of the world. Join me as we crack, open a concept to see how it plays out over place time and how it matters today from the rise of authoritarianism to the history of cult movies. No idea is off limits. Ideas is on the CBC listening or wherever you find your podcasts. This is a CBC. PODCAST. ME. Jordan. This video of a pillar of smoke screaming into the sky in Beirut Lebanon it's already a terrifying site with over a million people within just a few miles of this port. But. Then it gets much worse off. Cloud Crimson and fiery orange explodes out of the smoke. In an instant Beirut's waterfront neighborhood normally teeming with restaurants and bars pretty much disappears. And the girl in this video screams. Dot. Officials. Say Over Twenty, seven, hundred tons of ammonium nitrate caused Tuesday's explosion. The port held it for six years after its removal from a cargo ship despite warnings, and now at least one, hundred and thirty five people are dead around five thousand injured and some three hundred thousand have been forced out of their homes. Today, I'm talking with Hannah on bar of Lebanon's Daily Star newspaper. Tell us what it's like to be in Lebanon right now and help us understand the complexities of this tragedy. I'm Josh Block. This is from Peru..
"beirut" Discussed on PRI's The World
"I'm Marco Werman your with the world this afternoon in Beirut a massive explosion at the city's port a billowing pillar of white smoke was followed by what looked like a huge mushroom cloud and a fireball. Buildings dozens of blocks away were damaged. There are casualties, but it's too early to know exactly how many also reports of hospitals that capacity with Corona virus patients turning away people injured from the blast. Fisher. Show the governor of the region of Beirut Marwan Abu told Sky News Arabia that this disaster looked like scenes from Hiroshima and Nagasaki Behavioral Shimon Kazakina. Mush. D'Amato then he broke down. The. Monitor. Journalists Fatuma L. Mahmoud lives just a few minutes from the port and felt her apartment shake before hearing the explosion. My very first first instinct upon hearing explosion was Oh. God another war we do not have the time where already struggling financially economically you know the coronavirus now and everything's a mess on like seriously like now how much more in this country hands on how much more can we handed lucy porter is also a journalist and Beirut. This was a loud rumble fund like rumble and. I. started. Shaking the buildings and and then it carried on an really really felt like an earthquake was happening I've had having experienced once in the past and it felt very similar. Then there was a huge bang was blasted backwards and my glasses fell off I cycled around for few moments and got up local A. Couple of glass because all of our windows been blasted away and. I ran down stairs outside and tried to take cover because I thought. It happened again if this, if this was an explosion, then it might happen again, their sirens all around us. Now helicopters flying overhead. There are really really enormous scenes of destruction and buried here tonight. In miles how far is your apartment from the port the site of the blast? So where about one point five kilometers so around. A mile. Mile the fact that there will almost no windows left in our neighborhood really gives you a sense of the enormity of this blast. And the fact that this was A. Huge if I had a couple of friends who are in the mountains about fifteen twenty kilometers. Of Beirut's and they said, they felt the blast up there. They didn't have windows smashed, but they felt the ripples of the blast. The initial casualty reports are not good. The numbers are changing rapidly have tried to get in touch with hospitals and what have you heard from first responders. Hospitals are overwhelmed at moment. There reports have one hospital one hospital alone treating five hundred people. Images of bloodied patients going into receive emergency treatment both myself and my flatmate have things that we think probably need stitches but we're staying away because we're well aware that the hospitals are going to be overwhelmed the Lebanese Red Cross, which is responsible for lots of the first response here in Beirut's and why to Lebanon has said there are still going to be people trapped in depots at the port in buildings that were damaged and destroyed by the blast. So the emergency services are going to be kept extremely busy unfortunately I here tonight. I can hear the sirens still blaring in the background I'm. Absolutely. Yeah. I'm reluctant to ask about this. What do we know about the cause of the explosion because? I, officials said. There were fireworks involved I, mean how much reliable information is there right now. Are there are several theories puts about. Immediately people think it's an Israeli missile on Hezbollah. What we do know here people in Lebanon do know that Israel strikes Syrian. Has Weapons that WHO's in Syria. So it's not too much of a stretch of the imagination for people to think they've struck them in Lebanon now people already scared about the prospect of another war because of the economic situation and people believe that another the war is about to happen between has blur Israel. There is no confirmation of that road. We should say that Israeli officials have officially denied any involvement and so has Hezbollah. There were also reports some reports of a second explosion. Do you have any details on that? I. Don't at the moment all I mean from what I can see and what I heard is that it was one extremely loud bang and that there is still smoke rising from sites and. I mean, clearly. Fires will have been ignited as a result of the huge huge. Initial blast. That's journalists lizzy porter. In Beirut. Today, we'll have more coverage tomorrow here on the world. American exceptionalism. It's been a way to describe the uniqueness and shared purpose of the American experiment, the scale of US power and influence too big to fail covid nineteen though has redefined American exceptionalism and not in a proud way today this is America exceptionalism. The US has the highest number of Cova deaths in the world, the highest number of total cases in the world and. Those continue to rise in both urban and rural areas. So let's look at where the US fits into the Global Corona virus picture joining us Dr Ashish John. He's a director of the Harvard Global Health Institute these trends and rising cases industrial in the United States are staggering give us a reality check where do these numbers put in relation to the rest of the globe? Really, is impressive just how poorly America's doing by almost every measure we are the worst performing nation certain worst performing high income country and our performances far far worse than most low and middle income countries. It's in some ways truly unbelievable that a country with our wealth with our scientific capacity could be watching this pandemic as badly as we are. So. If we look at the seven countries of the most Cova cases in the world six are middle income countries, Brazil India. Russia for example, not lower income countries the US is still thinks of itself as upper income. But if you look at the US partners in infection rates, I mean, what does that say about the US response where the US sits in relation to the world specifically in terms of health infrastructure there's no question that money is not the primary reason why some countries are. Doing better than others, there are plenty of low income countries. Vietnam is often heralded but others as well who've just done a fabulous job with few resources because the public health response to this pandemic does not require a lot of money. What it requires is taking the virus seriously doing basic public health measures and not becoming excessively susceptible to misinformation and on all of those fronts, America has failed quite badly whereas countries that are middle and high and low income across the world have done much better. Six months and you look at places like Hong Kong. China Singapore. Vietnam and South Korea, they responded hard. There's not fast but it's not like the pandemic gone away there. We've been reporting on a spike in infections. In Vietnam cases are much lower compared to here. But what lessons do you see in the flare ups we've been seeing in places that do have this under better control if you're a Vietnam or your South Korea or Germany these flare ups are like little little brushfires and you they'd kind of pop up and you can put them down. America is in the middle of a raging forest fire. It's a totally different landscape of what we are dealing with. Every country, even the most successful we'll continue to have outbreaks and they have infrastructure and strategy for managing that. So what are we learning about what's working? What is not working in other countries and what it is at the US appears not to be doing yes. So what's interesting is if you look at various accessories, take a New Zealand South Korea and Germany three pretty successful approaches the. All look a little different from each other right. So there isn't like there is one model that everybody else followed and we didn't. So in some places, it was about really vigorous lockdowns, other places it was aggressive testing and tracing in places like Germany was kind of a mixture of all of those things and all of those strategies have largely worked and keeping virus under control their hospitals able. Part of. It. Is that. The man of misinformation spread by facebook in our country is massive and then we're we really become different than everybody else is that our political leaders have amplified it and at times appear said, they've even come to believe it and acted on it, and that really is different. You don't see unglued markle promoting a goofy ideas. That no scientists beliefs coming up on from Chile talks about creating music during the is the failure of the. Rally behind her latest single. President trump's interview with Jonathan. Swan of axios He doesn't seem to have a grip on the data. Right here United States is lowest in. Numerous categories. And lower. Here that. Than Europe..
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"The wild riots erupting on the streets of Lebanon of being fuelled by an economic catastrophe. That's destroying businesses jobs and people's life savings Middle East correspondent at a harvey takes a walk through a financial meltdown. The front lines of Lebanon's economic crosses a heavy with drama and fury financial catastrophe. That's driving the anger and slower quieter and more devastating. It's marcus the things that aren't happening. Empty shops vacant apartments an idol people in my suburban Innova route businesses file every week. This is a posh pot of town and it's not so surprising that the early casualties with Jimmy Choo Boutique in the store selling English porcelain Dina sits with terrible timing shop offering handmade chocolates. Organic Ice Cream opened near my home about six months ago. But we'll pass it three or four times a day and I have never seen a customer inside of stop looking now because it's too depressing to see the sitting at the back of the store with absolutely nothing to do but toy his phone. I saw him yesterday at the protests. Downtown and asked him how his business was doing like everything else. In this country he said between wasted stalk and rent he must be losing hundreds of dollars every day. But it's not only the fancy shops that are closing awoke down Damascus. Straight to my children's school in stopped more often than was good for me. It applies selling the Levant Favorites Street snack. Men at Lucia. The chef would spread some Zata spice mix on a piece of road then slotted into a pizza oven it did bubble up in about thirty seconds and he pulled it out and toss on tomatoes cucumber and mint before rolling it up tight and wrapping it in a sheet of paper about three Australian dollars. It was one of the city's great bargains but being affordable wasn't enough to save it. Now if you press your nose against the gloss you can see the whole where the ovens being ripped out of the wall. There's another macher of the economic crisis. About two hundred meters further down. Damascus straight with a footpath is blocked by tons of earth and stone and concrete. It's the debris of the retaining wall of the city's Jewish cemetry which collapsed weeks before Christmas. And there's still no sign of any. If it to shift the rubble off the path will stabilize the remaining parts of the war. The state has no money for public works or pays on concrete grave has already toppled onto the footpath presumably with bones inside and another row of Gripes. Threaten to come tumbling down. It's strange to look up and see the Star of David and Hebrew script on the grave markers in this nation where visiting Israel is illegal in mentioning. It is taboo. The top of Damascus straight at Sedan Square is a banking hub reminder of bitter time in Beirut. Five branches clustered around a busy intersection in before eight. Am the crowd gathered to try to get the cash in their accounts. And not exactly queuing. This isn't a nation of curious. But there's a kind of impatient order. Everyone's equal he all. The money has locked inside the bank accounts. Us dollars in the Lebanese leary. Used to be used interchangeably now. The lear is value has plummeted. Everything's much more expensive if you pay in Lira. And it's becoming impossible to get dollars from the banks. The restrictions lead to some furious scenes inside the branches. New Videos of mayhem inside. The branches posted every week police officers and now assigned to every bank branch in the country. My own salary is paid into a Lebanese bank account. I'm allowed to take out dollars once a week. I walk in and asked to tell us for this week's allowed amount in dollars. She asks yes. I'll check. Says she asked the manager? The manager gives me a good hard. Look for I'm lucky. I'm allowed to take out five hundred dollars. Sometimes it's less last week. I couldn't take out anything at all. Daily he is getting much more complicated. The slow steady economic collapse is causing immense strain. That's what's behind the fury at the protests the gloom on the city's shopping straits in the sense of hopelessness in the suburbs. Where people with jobs worry about losing them and those without work on the how much longer they can feed and clothe families. There is no safety net here. The state can't fix of broken war repairing broken economy seems to be far beyond its capacity. This is Adam Havi in Beirut for Correspondents Report Adam Harvey there from Bayreuth..
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"Now by the end of his first year in Beirut Middle East correspondent Adam Harvey thought he knew his new home town then he stepped out of his comfort zone and into the part of Beirut controlled by the Iranian backed militia Hezbollah Beirut is a tiny city crowded around a couple of small hills waged between the mountains mountains in the Mediterranean. My family's life here is centered on a small part of this compact town bounded by my son's school the apartments of our friends and in a couple of pay as you go places like Yuppie Pack we patted down for prohibited goods like kid cats and Muesli buzz before you permitted into the souls tools and wooden pirate ship a walkin run the same streets here everyday and I think I know it and then in event like a surer reminds me that I'll always ESPN stranger he sure is a Shia Muslim commemoration Russian that marks the death in six eighty ad of Hussein the grandson of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. It's a huge day in Beirut. She had district and this year I went to Dhaka in Beirut's southern suburbs to attend the Hezbollah event. I hear begins just a couple of hundred meters beyond my stomping and ground but crossing the invisible boundary is like entering another country. If not another millennia there are multiple checkpoints and outer ring man by the Lebanese army and an in-network controlled by Hezbollah like everyone else today. I'm dressed in black but I'm obviously not Lebanese so I'm stopped to over and over again by lodge men wearing tight t shirts and thick beds and with handguns waged into their waistbands. Im surged in my press ideas checked and then and I'm waved through after the fourth or fifth search. My bag is X. Rayed am allowed onto a bus. It'll take me even further into here. It's a place I would never normally be able to go narrow. Straits are overlooked by apartment blocks of six or seven stories pockmarked with bullet holes from the fighting here in the seventies and eighties piece is Bella has its office here and it's presumably home to his Balazs leader Hassan Nasrallah in Israel system. Militia stole some of its thousands of missiles here as well as the equipment. It's really worried about specialists. Machinery used to make the rockets more accurate. It would be seriously dumb to pull out a camera recorded here on any other day of the year you'd soon be having very intense conversations with heavily armed people but today's basically Hezbollah Open Day and the rules. Don't apply an off-duty Lebanese army soldier shows me his tattoos of Hussein Muhammed's Muhammed's grandson and tells me that he doesn't think there'll be war with Israel. An older woman tells me it's important that the community comes out in force today as a deterrent to Lebanon in southern neighbour. Some black clad teenagers wave me over and NC state the chicken soup. A young woman practices her Australian accent on me okay. Would you like to roast marshmallows may nor kangaroos hop up the nothing. There's a bit of British chases doc. His reputation is undeserved. Actually there's a very bad stereotype but is actually all filled with terrorists and there's always bombs and and Cetera and that's not true like we've been living I. I'm twenty three going on twenty four. I've been living here my whole life and it's actually really beautiful and I've never felt safer life than being here. There's always meant to protect us. Then reasonably normal more conversation with an articulate young woman takes detour. Her boyfriend is a Hezbollah fighter. He did go to Syria a few times. So what did you would like to go more often. Don't let him because I want him here. I love him too much. What is what was his experience. What did he say about it. I told you he'd like to go way more often but I don't let him. It's me that is not letting him go yeah interest. It's you know what sometimes I tell him like God be with. You and I hope you know you just come back safe but yeah it is dangerous. Yeah it is risky and he knows was it and that's why he wants to go. He's a big strong man. How common is it from this area. People go very very comment because we all have the same concept. If I were able to fight I would go to be honest by a girl. They wouldn't let me the rally itself kicks off and it feels it was like all of Beirut is matching past waving Hezbollah's yellow and green flags there a scout troops wearing Atallah. Cassini's photograph pinned to their shirts. It's is a political science student from a Lebanese American University with the photograph of a dead Hezbollah fighter which into his headband Hezbollah Woah yes. Do you think you will. I think everyone afford case along with certain mission whether on their on the battlefield whether the media rather as a position in the hospital the only way. Do you think you'll be on battlefield or I'm not sure aw the parade over opened my phone to navigate my way out of this labyrinth and I'm floyd to realize I'm just a few hundred meters away from the kids playground Yuppie Yeah Park where I've stood arguing about twenty first century problems like my right to winter replay ground with chocolate bars and kids sandwiches. It seems so far away away from this unfamiliar place of guns and vigilance and religion and young people heading off to war This is Adam Havi in south Beirut for correspondence report. Eh One fascinating city Adam Harvey in Beirut there.
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"Challenge ram coolers because we thought we are architects urban planners, and we read his theory and we'd see is works and what he says that's not apply to where he designed. And we're happy that we got an answer from, at least he is aware that people are not happy with this project. We are fighting for the whole coast of Beirut, but Dalli is right next to Rochat rose de landmark of Beirut, it's on our national money. It's, you know, shit. It's like if there's one mugging Beirut, Rosie, so you want to build right next to it. So if somebody comes to take photograph Knicks throughout, she has now to do and not to get the results sign with it. It's not possible. I mean, the integrity of the landscape, it's one not to landscape. So if this cannot be defended, well, how can I defend small beach and unfair small beach in the south. This has a memory has the prestige of the landmark. It is an open geological museum. We have geologist who came in because you can see the strata by threat. So they said that anybody who knows a bit of geology can act. Trace the layers of Bela just by looking at it, and then it is also Narcology side and it was the first bellio Listrik Flint factory. So half of the Flint of the Mediterranean was mind was tooled in Delhi. So imagine all of this and they want to dig it buy compressors, and we have ninety pieces in them. You did in that are called the stylus of minted daily. So you know, they took them to Leo and now we're gonna if we dig, we would find more. They're not allowing them even start, so I'll kill geologic endemic plants. It has endemic flora and it has marine fauna that is coral, reefs and stuff. So what else do you want to defend a place in the city? You tell me what else do I need as Mona will explain the difficulty in turning public opinion in Beirut isn't out of blind APPA and so in your work as a Preservationists or circumstances like this, trying to save space from development, how easier. Heart is it? Or in what ways do you try to engage residents and get them to understand what's at stake? It's really difficult because people have given up the will itself has taken a lot of the energy of the people. And when the war ended, they were cruel. You know, devastated homes are destroyed and then came solitaire with the promise of redevelopment. But the downtown was redeveloped not for the people. So today the people do not go to their downtown. So people lost hope in everything and they lost been fighting in the first place because if you're downtown has been taken over by real estate development company, your whole downtown, what are you fighting for your little street or little alleyway? If nobody listened to you about your downtown,.
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"It is important for our lives making an object is important, but these line is not only about that. So basically I wanted to just expand this notion of design not only being about product furniture and mainly I wanted the students graduating from universities when they call themselves designers not to have one goal in their minds which is ending up in gallery because this is not where it is I should be represented. That's one to another thing that also I found problematic. I always found problematic in Beirut. Which is the lack of collaborations. And this is also I believe, is a part of the problem of being in a this contemporary art era that we're living in contemporary design here. This idea about collectors and selling art buying art internationally, Zayn fairs that became a little bit like a standardized ways of selling design as it's the only way where designers could be represented, created ideas of superstar designer, superstar collectors, superstars curator's and I wanted to challenge this notion as well, because I believe that this is not what designers as well. The third ingredient was me one thing to make defense or change. That's always been something that I thought that I am going to do through my work or through my personal, which is make the friends make a change as silly as idealised as seems like changing the world. But that's something that always wanted to do like a lot of the creatives living here. A lot of people, my age, this age range. In Lebanon during this election always seems to be when frustration grows is to travel and move in the broad. And for me, it was either I have to do that or I have to change the place where I live. And so the idea was to get the designers to engage with the other experts with other people living in the city dwellers the citizens residents and try to come up with solutions to make the cities better little places. Do you feel like Lebanon Beirut has a particular point of view? I mean, they're kind of Lebanese or Beirut mindset in terms of purchase to or been solutions defect that there was really no clear master planning for the city for talking about instructor or urbanism doesn't really make our life easier because you cannot really identify one problem. The fact that the issue is so big. So it's always hard for us to decide where to start with always arriving a little bit at the end when things get super obvious. And then we start identifying the problem and then we go and start interfering. And this happens a lot with activism work that's happening here. So we get messages at some point that, okay, there's a building and Hamadeh that's heritage buildings being destroyed. Let's go over like, let's go Monday morning demonstrate protests. So we're always arriving little bit late when things are really happening because there are so many things that are going wrong in different directions that we're not really aware really organized. So I think the role of design here is to maybe design strategy design systems that can actually predict these types of issues that are happening to organize the way we work at in relation of making an impact in the city. And another thing that I want to bring into the conversation as well when we talk about the different problems that are happening here and everyone, I think he would tell you that nothing's working and frustration, electricity transportation pollution, like we have issues on so many different levels. It is very clear that the cause of this is. Because there's lack of engagement from the public sector his, it's basically not existence. It's not even active, not doing its job. It's just a spectator and it's run by politicians who own private companies that are benefiting from this corruption or the status quo. So the idea is that what can we do? Can we just wait, sit and complain and say that it's never gonna change because they to powerful, they have mafias, whatever that we cannot make any difference. Because obviously, if we ask them and we tried this to complain as go on TV and campaign and has them do their job and they're not willing to do it..
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