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A key ministerial resignation, a Covid-19 upsurge, an economy headed to ruin and a middle class slamming headfirst into poverty: Lebanon’s disaster unfolds.
Summary: when set against today’s reality a snapshot of MENA in July 2000 proves a grim comparison. So are there any grounds for hope and optimism?
With Lebanon staring into an economic abyss, the Americans and the Emiratis apply pressure and make demands that the Lebanese cannot possibly fulfil.
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An IMF bailout may not be enough to save Lebanon from a catastrophic economic collapse.
Economies in the MENA region were slowing even before coronavirus hit.
With a US$1.2bn Eurobond payment coming due 7 March, Lebanon faces stark choices and little room to manoeuvre.
Popular protest in Lebanon turns violent as anger grows with the failure of the government and the financial sector to resolve a worsening crisis.