#YouStink protests highlight rotten Lebanese politics as garbage brings people onto the streets

Marina Chamma blogs and tweets from Beirut and Lebanon as Eye On The East. She’s been on the ground during the #YouStink public protests that, like Lebanese domestic garbage, have spilt out onto the streets. She spoke to me this morning about the situation in Beirut. Uncollected waste has brought people together across normal community lines to highlight the dysfunction and corruption within Lebanese politics. If it hadn’t been garbage, any number of political issues might have tipped the population …

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Belfast Film Festival – Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Albania, Maze/Long Kesh and Belfast

The annual Belfast Film Festival starts tonight and runs for 10 days showing 121 films. I’ve blogged elsewhere about some of the festival highlights. There’s certainly plenty of local and international films to challenge, entertain or even offend. I thought I’d bring some of the international/conflict/political films to the attention of Slugger readers. Sunday 30 March at 21:00 – Noirland – Dublin Road Moviehouse – Northern Ireland’s first crime anthology from writer/director Philip Henry. Three stories following one man who …

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“the value of the truth is as valuable as the way it is reached” – seeking justice & truth in Lebanon

Northern Ireland isn’t alone in seeking truth and justice for historical atrocities. Nor is it alone in facing up to the cost, complexity and uncertainty of processes to deal with the past. So I was interested to read a blog post about the Special Tribunal for Lebanon which has has finally opened. It was set up in a suburb of The Hague in March 2009 with the mandate to “hold trials for the people accused of carrying out the attack …

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