Beirut and #youstink

Of the readings, the part that stuck out to me most were the pictures of Lebanon, both the protests and the trash covering the streets. The people contest that the government is showing itself to be weak and inefficient if it is not able to properly carry out waste management duties for the country. The reading states that the main landfill in Beirut was closed down and since then the trash had been collecting for over a month. The article was from August of 2015. While I’d agree that the government of Lebanon is certainly failing to address some issues related their garbage, and more importantly their citizens, I also think that the trash crisis in Beirut is relevant to something other than rights and government abuses. I’m not sure why that landfill was shut down but it could have been that it was full. If so the Beirut trash crisis is more of a caution of human failing than just the government’s. People generated too much trash and people didn’t plan for what happened if the landfills they currently had weren’t sufficient to accommodate it. As landfills around the world fill up it seems only a matter of time before a similar situation occurs in another country. The Beirut trash crisis is just as much an environmental warning as it is an example of governmental neglect.

The article that stuck out to me most was the first one, the one that pertained to issues surrounding the privatization of Dalieh. The article went into a lot of detail about how the area was public use and sovereignty could be defined as those who use a public space. However the property was still bought by investors and the communities surrounding it were bought out.  It reminds me of the after Tahir panel discussion of the government and military working with contractors to gentrify the country. It seems something similar is going on in Lebanon.

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Beirut and #youstink

4 thoughts on “Beirut and #youstink

  1. alexanderamiot73 says:

    Indeed, that the crisis about on much control and influence this government has over real estate in this city. I also liked that you compared some of issues similar to what some individual in Egypt dealt with during their social revolution. Overall good analysis of the text.

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  2. janakornely says:

    I totally agree with you that the amount of trash that is created increased over time. The rising popularity of take out food, fancy packaging design and increased consumption are just some of the reasons. However, I think that it shouldn’t have been too hard to figure out when the landfill was supposed to reach its capacities and the government clearly failed to do anything about it. This was not due to simple unwillingness, but to other political and social issues plaguing the country such as the presidential vacuum.

    I heard about trash crises happening in other cities before, but as far as I can remember, those were all related to the workers going on strike. Maybe in those cases citizens were more willing to endure the trash piling up, because they hoped that it might improve working conditions for the people taking care of their trash every day, but I also doubt that the situations got nearly as bad as in Beirut.

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  3. sierrakalman says:

    I also thought the article about Dalieh was interesting. It is such a shame that most of the land within Beirut is private. By having the land privately owned the government is better able to control what happens. It is cool that even though Dalieh is privately owned, it is treated like a public space. It shows how the people can unite together

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  4. gabmaria93 says:

    Great analysis. I personally agree that this trash crisis shows how the government is showing its inefficiency to carry out waste management duties for Lebanon. The government, again, has clearly failed. In regards to the article about Dalieh, it illuminated once again, the coercion of the government in trying to privatize spaces FOR the public. Great comparison on the After Tahrir panel and the situation with Dalieh, it definitely relats to the discussion of the government and military working with contractors to gentrify the country.

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