#youstink

maxresdefaultThe you stink campaign in Lebanon was very interesting for me to learn about because I heard very little about it during the time of protests last August. The first article went into depth the concept of government sovereignty and in Lebanons case, it seemed that the way to do gain political sovereignty and power in their country was by privatizing land. Not only would it help the government of Lebanon try to control its people but it would also allow them to have more power in the areas they didn’t have before. Another tactic was to utilize state sponsored aggression and violence. While the second article discussed the failures of the housing and rent markets that fostered more centralized state control over private landlords to keep the rent prices stable and the government digging into another private sector to eliminate any problems between landlords and tenants. The final article discussed the events on the days of protests by the Lebanese people when the government tried to enforce restraint by attacking demonstrators and using water hoses to get them to stop. The protests even got more out of hand as there were several fights between protestors and police. The point of the protests are exactly the ideas mentioned above to go against the government privatization and growing powers limiting the private sector.

My overall impression of the privatization of Lebanon becoming less and the government control growing is just another tactic by the government as a security state. It’s no secret that the people in the Middle East will uprise against the regimes therefore governments are taking extreme measures and aggression to shut the people down before they get rallied up to form an opposition. The idea of force and fear is not something new but something borrowed from other countries like Egypt and Bahrain who attack protestors to ignite fear for others to stop and put people in jail without proper representation.

#youstink

4 thoughts on “#youstink

  1. I totally agree with you in that the privatized sector of such a volatile environment has to be more regulated and measured. The government in these oppressed areas must take accountability for the actions of its enforcement. Also, the idea that the strategic acts of the Lebanese government have been borrowed from past revolutions is a great point and needs to be looked at further.

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  2. The privatization of public land I believe is another way of the government to limit the people in terms of large gatherings. This issue along with the trash crisis must be very frustrating to deal with as a nation. These people fight for basic sanitation right, but instead the government focuses on tearing down parks.

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  3. mattman2011 says:

    I appreciate your focus in this article covering the economic perspective of the Lebanese’s trash issue which consequentially has a lot to do with each other. There is obviously a mishandling of Lebanon’s economy that has put them in a position to where they can’t even afford the services to take care of the trash. I agree with you that the governments attempts at fear tactics and force to quell the justified uprisings are just another failed prospect of the government oppressing their people.

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  4. I think you pointed out something important within your post about how, “It’s no secret that the people in the Middle East will uprise against the regimes therefore governments are taking extreme measures and aggression to shut the people down before they get rallied up to form an opposition.” I also agree that these rebellious acts are only the beginning in Lebanons uprising and will gradually become larger. It was also good that you pointed out the whole privatizing of land and how that can put more control on the people. Thus far making it harder for them to get together in places to uprise against the government.

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