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Beirut Garbage Crisis, When Bad Politics Begets Bad Ecology

When the landfill servicing Beirut closed, so did the garbage collection. Now the suburbs have been left quite literally holding the bag, and government solutions aren't coming.

Piled high in Beirut
Piled high in Beirut
Laure Stephan

BEIRUT — Eva Zaatari shows us pictures on her phone of the garbage piling up in the Baabda District, known for its tree-lined roads and opulent houses on the outskirts of the Lebanese capital. "The piles of trash are sometimes taken away," she says. "But others start appearing just a few days later."

Sami Chenaihi, another Baabda resident and an NGO volunteer, mentions the rats, the stench, the suffocating smell of burned garbage. A recent rash of storms and heavy rainfall made it all the more messier.

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As Iran Protests Spread, Regime Is Busy Clinging To Power

Facing resurgent protests in several provinces, Iran's clerical regime now relies on two defenses: brute force and Western appeasement. But its days may be numbered as younger Iranians are increasingly emboldened to demand a different future.

A man repairs a carpet in Tehran, Iran

Elahe Boghrat

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Governing ordinarily consists of assuring the security and welfare of a population or nation, within a state or territory. Take away one element from that equation and the government in question begins to move toward failure, defeat, and perhaps its downfall.

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