Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 12, 2020

Fumes can still be seen at the blast site at the port of Beirut that has been partially destroyed.(ABC News: Cherine Yazbeck)

Michael Walsh, ABC News Online: Lebanon's port explosion sparked protests and unrest. Here's what might happen next

It's been one week since the devastating explosion in Beirut that killed at least 171 people, injured thousands and left many more homeless.

The disaster sparked days of protests against endemic corruption in Lebanon's political system — a persistent issue that critics say was a direct cause of the port explosion.

It has been reported that the country's leaders were warned last month about the presence of 2,750 tonnes of highly volatile ammonium nitrate in storage at the port, which had been warehoused there for six years.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 12, 2020

After multiple crises, this time Lebanese feel broken -- Sarah El Deeb, AP

Hezbollah and the people will have to negotiate a new Lebanon -- Rami G Khouri, The Guardian

Will Beirut Bring About A Global Shift In Storage Safety? -- Hannah Steinkopf-Frank, World Crunch

Peaceful Protests and Polish Bullets in Belarus -- S. Sierakowski, Project Syndicate

Unrest in Belarus -- Moscow Times

Meltdown in Minsk -- Amy Mackinnon, Foreign Policy

Belarus opposition leader a victim of tactics from the Lukashenko playbook -- Andrew Roth, The Guardian

Will knocking Belarus offline save president from protests? -- Yan Auseyushkin in Minsk and Andrew Roth in Moscow, The Guardian

Iraq’s New Government: What to Know -- Nathalie Bussemaker, Council on Foreign Relations

Erdogan Has Hidden an Economic Disaster Deep in Turkish Banks -- Foreign Policy

Locust and coronavirus crises are threatening to drive large-scale famine in Africa -- Matthew Cousins, ABC News Online

China is overturning the rules-based order from within -- Malcolm Jorgensen, The Interpreter

Why a ‘Nixon moment’ in India–China relations is unlikely -- Raj Verma, Huaqiao University, East Asia Review

We have no idea if the Russian Covid vaccine is safe or effective -- Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, The Guardian

As Everest prepares to reopen for autumn climbing season, is Nepal putting cash before caution? -- Mercedes Hutton, SCMP

Winter is coming: Why America’s window of opportunity to beat back Covid-19 is closing -- Helen Branswell, STAT


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