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Senate The Middle East Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Community' started by Ghost, Jun 11, 2014.

  1. Point Given

    Point Given Manager star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Get back on topic
     
  2. Princess_Tina

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  4. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    CNN has a Impact Your World page for Beirut as well.
     
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  5. SateleNovelist11

    SateleNovelist11 Force Ghost star 6

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    Will do. Thanks.
     
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  6. DarkGingerJedi

    DarkGingerJedi Force Ghost star 6

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    300,000 people are now homeless. The scale of the damage is just insane.

     
  7. SateleNovelist11

    SateleNovelist11 Force Ghost star 6

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    Oh, gosh. Homelessness is the pandemic that people don't work to solve. There are ways to remedy it, but only a few countries make the attempt. I feel bad for them.
     
  8. Princess_Tina

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    Demonstrators erect mock gallows in Beirut as thousands join 'judgment day' protests

    Lebanese security forces have fired several rounds of tear gas at anti-government protesters who are on the streets of central Beirut demanding accountability after Tuesday's blast which ripped through the city.
    Thousands of demonstrators poured into Beirut's Martyr's Square calling for "revenge" against the ruling class of politicians widely held responsible for the explosion that lay waste to large swathes of Lebanon's capital.
    The demonstrators erected mock gallows in what were dubbed "Judgment Day" protests, as grief gave way to anger after more than 154 people were killed and dozens more remain missing. Over 5,000 people have been injured.

    Source CNN


    I can barely imagine the widespread anger after they found out the authorities knew what was happening and didn't do anything. Hope they all use masks and social distancing while protesting.
     
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  9. MotivateR5D4

    MotivateR5D4 Force Ghost star 5

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    Apparently the protesters are getting arrested while the officials are not being held accountable. Sound familiar?
     
  10. Princess_Tina

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  11. Vaderize03

    Vaderize03 Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I’m beginning to wonder if those who believe authoritarianism is the natural state of humanity and that the era of liberal democracies is simply an aberration aren’t wrong.

    Hard not to get discouraged nowadays. The pandemic brought a lot things into focus, and it’s disheartening. Hopefully the moment will pass.
     
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  12. Darth Guy

    Darth Guy Chosen One star 10

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    What does this have to do with authoritarianism vs. liberal democracy? Both feature bureaucratic incompetence and crackdowns on dissent.
     
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  13. Vaderize03

    Vaderize03 Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I’m allowed to be grumpy after 9 days at the hospital. Logic is not necessarily a factor.
     
  14. Lord Vivec

    Lord Vivec Chosen One star 9

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    Liberal Democracy is like God. All the good things get attributed to it. All the bad things are either it not being done correctly or us deserving it somehow.
     
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  15. dp4m

    dp4m JCC Playoff Pick 'Em Winner, Also a Narc star 10 VIP - Game Winner

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    ... says the Communist? :p
     
  16. MotivateR5D4

    MotivateR5D4 Force Ghost star 5

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    The walls are coming down.

     
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  17. Princess_Tina

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  18. Princess_Tina

    Princess_Tina Chosen One star 7

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    Looks like the government is stepping down in the aftermath of the disaster
     
  19. Ancient Whills

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  20. Lordban

    Lordban Chosen One star 6

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    Ther were bleeding ministers already - and had a third of them quit, which is what they were heading towards, the government would have automatically fallen. It's more saving face than anything else at this point...
     
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  21. DarkGingerJedi

    DarkGingerJedi Force Ghost star 6

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    You can't fire us, we quit.
     
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  22. Princess_Tina

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    ... and all it took was the biggest explosion Beirut has ever seen... :mad:
     
  23. Lordban

    Lordban Chosen One star 6

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    Huh, turns out I spoke too fast. A third of the ministers resigning has in fact occurred earlier today, forcing Diab's government's fall. He was only acknowledging his fall.
     
  24. Princess_Tina

    Princess_Tina Chosen One star 7

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    Amazing.
     
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  25. Princess_Tina

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    Very interesting news this morning