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Trash crisis: "We Want Accountability" calls for announcing health emergency in Lebanon

The activists of "We Want Accountability" Movement observed a sit-in in front of the Ministry of Public Health on Saturday in protest against the trash crisis. In a statement, the protesters criticized the silence of the Ministry towards this environmental disaster. The statement warned against the spread of dangerous diseases resulting from the random burning of garbage. The demonstrators called upon the Department of Health to announce a state of health emergency and to set up an emergency committee to evaluate the ecological dangers of trash and to provide recommendations for preventive measures regarding the impacts of this crisis. The…

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Activists urge Abu Faour to declare emergency over trash crisis

Activists Saturday demanded that Health Minister Wael Abu Faour declare a state of public health emergency over the persistent trash crisis that has etched away at the livelihoods of citizens since last July. "Our health is not a game," a statement issued by the We Want Accountability movement said. Around 15 protesters affiliated with the group rallied outside the ministry's new headquarters in the Beirut suburb of Bir Hasan to demand health measures that ensure the safety of people, as mounds of trash remained scattered around the capital and Mount Lebanon. The statement called for the formation of a central…

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Rima Tarabay

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Solution for the ongoing garbage crisis in Lebanon

Dealing with garbage removal requires a more comprehensive solution than just collecting and treating garbage. Garbage is one of the biggest problems in Lebanon and around the globe since the world’s population is increasing rapidly. The majority of countries are facing this problem and need to put in place a long term political solution to deal with it.  It is not an easy task, but it is necessary to devise sustainable global plan.  All countries of the world are classified into 1 of the 3 categories: developed economies, economies in transition and developing economies.   Lebanon falls under the economies…

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18 Arrested, 4 Injured as Activists Storm Environment Ministry

Demonstrators and security forces scuffled outside the environment ministry in Beirut on Thursday after several civil society activists stormed the building to protest the authorities' failure to resolve the waste problem. Anti-riot police pushed back “We Want Accountability” and “You Stink” protesters who called for more transparency on a plan to export Lebanon's garbage. The protest was held after around 15 members of the two groups entered the Azarieh building in downtown Beirut and sat on the floor, clapping and shouting slogans against the authorities for failing to resolve the seven-month waste problem. The 15 protesters were later arrested by…

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Activists call for protest Monday in Downtown Beirut over garbage crisis

An activist group has called for a protest for Monday outside the Grand Serail to denounce the government’s handling of the ongoing trash crisis. “In condemnation of the government’s recklessness and its preference of personal deals at the expense of people..., we call for a demonstration in Riad al-Solh Square in opposition to the (state’s) insistence on quotas and theft of public money,” a statement by the "Change is Coming" group said. The protest will coincide with a Cabinet meeting called for by Prime Minister Tammam Salam earlier Friday to discuss Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb's proposal to export garbage. Chehayeb…

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Environment

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You Stink to get answers over corruption

“You Stink” co-founder Assaad Thebian declared Wednesday that Financial Prosecutor Ali Ibrahim had promised to announce the results of the “Sukleen” investigation within 10 days. “Lebanese people will receive a present this holiday because Judge Ibrahim promised them the names of political figures involved in corruption,” he said, adding that the same people had prohibited the follow-up on the trash crisis issue. Thebian went on to say that although activists have made some mistakes, this did not mean they could not learn from them and proceed with their goal of battling corruption. “The activists within the You Stink movement have…

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Environment

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"طلعت ريحتكم" تدعو إلى التظاهر السبت وقفتان رمزيتان غداً وبعده للتذكير بالمطالب

دعت "حملة طلعت ريحتكم" في مؤتمر صحافي أمس الى مسيرة السبت المقبل في ساحة رياض الصلح بعد أسابيع على توقف تحركاتها، كذلك أعلنت عن تنظيم وقفتين رمزيتين، الاولى غدا أمام قصر العدل لمساءلة المدعي العام المالي عن نتائح التحقيق في الفساد بملف النفايات ومطالبته بكشف ما يعرقل التحقيقات، والخميس أمام وزارتي المال والاتصالات للمطالبة بالإفراج الكامل عن اموال البلديّات لتسهيل عملها بكنس النفايات وجمعها ومعالجتها. وأكدت الحملة في بيان أن تظاهرة السبت ستطالب الحكومة بالاجتماع فوراً واقرار المراسيم والقرارات التي من شأنها حل أزمة النفايات، كما ستطالب المجلس النيابي بوضع قانون انتخاب يضمن التمثيل العادل لكل فئات الشعب ويحتكم الى…

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Chehayeb waiting for answers on how to fund trash export

Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb said Monday that the ministerial committee overseeing the country’s trash crisis will hold a final meeting in the upcoming days to set a Cabinet session to approve a plan to export garbage. “We discussed [foreign] companies’ proposals,” Chehayeb said after a meeting for the committee chaired by Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail. He revealed that the committee chose several companies and signed preliminary agreements awaiting the Cabinet meeting. “We discussed the sources of funding with the Interior Ministry and Finance Ministry and the Council for Development and Reconstruction. We expect them to respond…

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Philip Issa

Environment

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Climate deal to spare Lebanon pain

A global climate agreement signed by 195 countries including Lebanon in Paris Saturday has been hailed as a promising step toward capping carbon emissions that, if left unchecked, will lead to catastrophic climate change by the end of the century. Whether the global community will meet the global warming target set out in the deal is of tremendous consequence to Lebanon, which depends on snowfall to replenish its aquifers and predictable weather patterns to sustain its agriculture. But as a policy prescription, the pact is of limited significance. Lebanon, as a developing country, must simply control the rate of its…

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