Damaged buildings in a neighbourhood near the site of the Beirut port explosion. Photo: AP Damaged buildings in a neighbourhood near the site of the Beirut port explosion. Photo: AP
Damaged buildings in a neighbourhood near the site of the Beirut port explosion. Photo: AP
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Beirut and Tianjin blasts: a toxic mix of incompetence and corruption

  • In both Lebanon and China, those in power knew dangerous chemicals were being stored at a port, but did nothing – resulting in a deadly explosion
  • For Lebanon, the only way to break the cycle and avert disaster is to heed the warnings, listen to the people, and retool its political system

Damaged buildings in a neighbourhood near the site of the Beirut port explosion. Photo: AP Damaged buildings in a neighbourhood near the site of the Beirut port explosion. Photo: AP
Damaged buildings in a neighbourhood near the site of the Beirut port explosion. Photo: AP
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Alessandro Arduino

Alessandro Arduino

Dr Alessandro Arduino is principal research fellow at the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore, specialising in the roles played by private military contractors and technology in modern warfare.