Over the past two years, the minimum wage in Lebanon has fallen by 84% due to the devaluation of the Lebanese pound. The country has been facing an economic crisis, which could rank in the top three most severe crises episodes globally since the mid-nineteenth century. The crisis has left almost three-quarters of the population below the national poverty line. Nevertheless, the corrupt political regime deemed it insufficient to starve more than half of the population to death. Today, on top of medicine and gas shortage, electricity cuts and constant uncertainty, the Lebanese starve for justice.
Three years ago in Paris, 50 countries conditioned $11 billion in aid to tackle what is behind Lebanon’s collapse: poor governance. Reforms remain distant and the EU’s plan to sanction elites is too little, too late at a time when Europe should aid Lebanon’s civil society.
The Eastern Mediterranean has been the historic crossroads of four regions: Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Except for being the “home” of their multiple and diverse geographic affiliations and varied political identities, it also constitutes a territory of great strategic importance. This article discusses the Arab Uprising that took place in the region in 2010/11, in order to establish an understanding of the current events unfolding in the region.