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
Alessandro Arduino
Opinion

Opinion

Alessandro Arduino

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
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