The Beirut blast is a lesson in neocolonialism

Maya Gavin, who grew up in Lebanon, reflects on the country’s tough history as a colonial project, and calls for greater understanding of how a neoliberal agenda is harming the people on the ground.

It’s likely that you have seen the footage of the explosion that tore through Beirut on the 4th of August.

A preliminary explosion in the port of Beirut, the cause of which remains unknown, alighted 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate which had been irresponsibly stored at the port. This resulted in the third most powerful explosion recorded in history. 191 people were killed, more than 6,000 injured, and around 300,000 made homeless. It’s difficult to articulate the shock and collective trauma.

English | October 16, 2020



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