Lebanon on the verge of becoming a failed state

The world must not abandon the former Mediterranean oasis

Lebanon on the verge of becoming a failed stateOne year ago today was a night of splintering glass and splattering blood. On August 4, 2020, as the last hours of pre-sunset daylight illuminated Beirut’s skyline, a cataclysmic explosion shook the city like the blast of an atomic bomb. It turned out to be the spontaneous combustion of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored…

Time for Canada to lift economic sanctions on Syria, Lebanon

Canada urged to rethink Middle East sanctions that make daily life a struggle just to get daily bread

Time for Canada to lift economic sanctions on Syria, Lebanon“Economic sanctions that afflict the poor must be lifted. I stress the word ‘poor,’” Archimandrite (head of a monastery) Georges Masri said in an e-mail from his home base in Syria. He was responding to my request for his views on the unfolding humanitarian crisis in his country, and whether sanctions have exacerbated it. “The…

Finding ways to help victims of Beirut blast

Several trustworthy and reputable humanitarian organizations are working diligently, providing desperately-needed assistance

Finding ways to help victims of Beirut blastThe cataclysmic explosion that shook Beirut to its foundations in early August, leaving 157 people dead, 5,000 injured, and 300,000 homeless, was the coup de grâce for a country that has been bleeding for years under crushing burdens. The explosion seems like the denouement to the unfolding tragedy of Lebanon, a country where high unemployment,…